Apprentices at London Bridge Station

Leaving a sustainable legacy

At London Bridge station, we're striving to maintain a fit and healthy workforce, to reduce our use of natural resources, eliminate waste, maximise our talent and skills, integrate business into the community and help tackle low employment in the London Borough of Southwark.

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Network Rail

Key Benefits

£1,872,600

spent with local small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) by December 2014

99%

of waste diverted from landfill

26

apprenticeships offered

Delivering sustainable solutions

We're working with our client, Network Rail, to ensure long-term employee and project value by implementing sustainable solutions both in design and construction. We have introduced a number of best practices and initiatives that will help us provide a sustainable legacy.

Integrating business into the community

Engagement with local companies and recruiting local SMEs is important to promote local economic sustainability. By holding local supplier events and workshops and encouraging companies to develop their offering we have contributed towards the economy of the London Borough of Southwark.

By identifying skills gaps within the local community and gaining our Skills Academy status in 2013, we have helped young people obtain employment, providing them with the basic training needed in the construction industry.

During 2014 a previously unemployed man from Southwark became the 500th graduate of the London Bridge Skills Academy. Anthony Martin, 31 from Southwark, joined the Thameslink Programme a year ago. He has worked for several contractors across the programme, building his experience, as well as the station.

“I’ve been working on sites for many years, doing different kinds of work, from labourer to ground works. Now the skills and the focus which the skills academy has given me has not only made me more employable but also helped me to focus on building a career. I’m a traffic marshall and I also assist in the demolition operations here at London Bridge.”

Anthony Martin, London Bridge Skills Academy graduate
Construction employee at Costain

Since launching in July 2013, the Southwark-based academy has supported over 500 people working on the Thameslink Programme from Network Rail, Costain and their suppliers, and young people from the local community. Courses range from entry level to professional, from the basic Construction Skills Certification Scheme to full Site Manager Safety Training.

The academy is committed to leaving a long lasting legacy for the local community. Over 30 workless Southwark residents have been employed onto the project, 27 work experience placements have been offered to local schools and colleges and training has been given to 26 local apprentices aged 19-24.

Environmental responsibility

With such a large scale project, working so close to so many stakeholders, environmental responsibility is key to the project’s success.

We proactively work to minimise all impacts through changes in methods or mitigation in advance of major works. Automated monitoring systems have been installed around the worksite to assess noise and air quality impacts and allow us to pinpoint any problems.

 

One of our focuses has been the responsible procurement of materials and services using tools such as our material use plan. This allows us to make informed decisions about the materials that we use on project. We quantify the impact of materials by assessing a number of aspects including embodied carbon, recycled content and BRE Green Guide Rating.  In addition the project procures only certified Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) timber for use within the project.

The project has required the removal of over 200,000 tonnes of waste and despite the contaminated nature of the site we have diverted over 99% of the waste from landfill.

“We are dedicated to embedding sustainability within our operations; by developing our people, creating an equal and inclusive workplace, minimising our environmental impacts and improving local communities we will build a successful business and help create a railway fit for the future.”

Gren Edwards, Sector Director, Rail, Costain

Contact and social

Rail

Gren Edwards, Sector director
01628 842 310
gren.edwards@costain.com