South Devon Link Road receives gold national award

Members of the project team celebrate winning the Green Apple Award: (l-r) Tracey Waygood, Public Liaison Officer at Galliford Try, with Ed Brown, Environmental Clerk of Works at AAE

Posted on: 1 December 2015

The South Devon Link Road Project has won one of the UK’s leading awards for its environmental activities, recognising the scheme’s sustainable and green credentials.

Galliford Try, in partnership with Devon County Council and Torbay Council, was awarded a gold Green Apple award in the Waste Management category.

The prestigious award ceremony took place at a ceremony held at the Houses of Parliament last week and was attended by members of the project team.

The Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice recognise, reward and promote those who have performed and demonstrated industry leading compliance for sustainable and low carbon solutions around the world.

The project submission gave clear examples where the team exceeded normal industry measures and went above and beyond industry best practice.  Examples of this were the re-use of some 1.5million cubic metres of material and the recycling of excavated rock to create stone facing on bridges and retaining walls.

The measures resulted in 17,800 fewer lorry trips off site and a significant reduction in the amount of materials imported to the project. This reduced the number of lorry journeys by some 30,000 HGV miles and the avoidance of approximately 43.9tonnes of C02 emissions.

Councillor Andrew LeadbetterCouncillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth, said:

“This is great news: the project has been nationally recognised for its environmental work and this is really important to us.

“Before work even began, a fundamental part of the whole South Devon Link Road project has always been to mitigate impact to the environment – in some instances, habitats have even been improved for various species. We are proud of the success that has been achieved.”

Gordon Oliver, Mayor of Torbay said:

“I’d like to congratulate all of the project team for their hard work and commitment to the environment. This award is a real accolade and shows the project has demonstrated best practice and achieved national excellence.”

Chris Hastings, Project Director at Galliford Try, said:

“I’m thrilled that we’ve won gold in these prestigious awards.  Throughout the project we have adopted a sustainable ethos with a zero waste and low carbon policy, and we are extremely pleased it has been recognised by this award.”

Since the project began it has also received two silver Considerate Constructor Awards, and has just been nominated for a third. These awards aim to improve the image of the construction industry: members of the scheme are required to follow strict guidelines to ensure their worksites are kept clean, safe and well managed, and to show respect to the community and the environment.

About the South Devon Link Road

The South Devon Link Road is a 5.5km dual carriageway, which will provide the long awaited bypass for Kingskerswell.  The road will provide a direct traffic link between Torbay and the major road networks. Currently under construction, the major new road is scheduled to be complete by December 2015.  The project was granted full approval by the government in May 2012 and work began in the autumn of the same year.

The improved access to Torbay and South Devon is expected to bring lasting economic benefits, leading to the creation of nearly 8,000 jobs in South Devon, with around 3,500 of these in Torbay.  It is predicted that the new road will remove 95% of traffic away from Kingskerswell, restoring and revitalising the village.

The project is costing £110m. The Department for Transport has paid £76.39m towards the project. The balance is being shared equally between Torbay Council and Devon County Council, with Teignbridge District Council making a £500k contribution.

Further information relating to the South Devon Link Road can be found on the website where you can also register to receive an electronic monthly bulletin designed to keep residents and motorists informed.

About the Green Apple Awards

The awards are organised by the Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world.

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