The task

The £6.5bn government-sponsored Thameslink Programme sought to define and implement a sector-leading approach to sustainability with sustainability at its heart, so that environmental, social and economic benefits would be delivered as part of “business as usual” to local communities and stakeholders in the upgrade of North-South train services through London and redevelopment of London Bridge Station.

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Action

Our consultants have worked with the Board, sponsors and Head of Consents and Sustainability, since 2012, to:

  • Draft, consult upon and finalise a social value and sustainability policy and strategy (including objectives and targets)
  • Develop a process for the implementation of this strategy
  • Undertake a peer analysis of social value and sustainability activity on infrastructure projects to inform project ambition
  • Review supply chain performance and contribution to social value and sustainability objectives on the upgrade of Farringdon Station, using the framework of BS 8903
  • Work with supply chain partners and internal stakeholders to explain and support strategy implementation
  • Support implementation of a process to collect and review supply chain sustainability and social value performance data each period, undertake an annual review and update of the strategy
  • Mentor and support individual Thameslink team members as they each take responsibility for aspects of strategy implementation

Outcomes

The framework established has enabled Thameslink to achieve  significant sustainability benefits:

  • Support for at least 60 apprenticeships, which is approximately 3% of full-time construction jobs on the project, in a range of roles including signalling, telecoms, track maintenance, business administration, procurement and construction
  • Focused effort on minimising negative impacts of works (noise, vibration, air quality etc.) on lineside neighbours
  • School talks on safety and careers
  • ISO14001 certification for Thameslink’s environmental management system
  • Commitment to achieving a CEEQUAL Excellent rating; the project as a whole (including the design for London Bridge Station) has achieved some of the highest CEEQUAL scores in the industry including:
  • Blackfriars project team won a CEEQUAL Outstanding Achievement award for reducing carbon emissions
  • The Programme promises to “protect biodiversity and seek opportunities to enhance wildlife and habitats”, and aims for a net gain when it comes to biodiversity. A prime example is Farringdon station’s new ticket hall, which has a living roof – hailed as a great example of how biodiversity can be integrated into urban infrastructure and winner of a CEEQUAL Outstanding Achievement award.