Bayswater Level Crossing Alliance's Catherine Clarke and Sam Donaldson with ISCA chair David Singleton (right).

The Victorian government’s level crossing removal program received a significant accolade last week, with the team behind the current project at Bayswater in Melbourne winning a major award from the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia.

The Bayswater Alliance Level Crossing Removal Project won the 2016 Sustainability in Infrastructure IS Project or Asset Achievement Award for its overall excellence and sustainability achievements under the IS rating tool. The project is also targeting a Green Star As Built rating.

The alliance comprises Laing O’Rourke, Fulton Hogan, AECOM, the Level Crossing Removal Authority, VicRoads, Public Transport Victoria and Metro Trains Melbourne.

The $177 million project, due for completion in 2017, involves removing two hazardous level crossings by lowering the rail line and raising the road at Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road. The alliance are also rebuilding the Bayswater train station and adding a new forecourt and public area, reconstructing the bus interchange and station car park, building a grade-separated shared-use path for pedestrians and cyclists and improving the streetscape along Mountain Highway.

Sustainability achievements include a 43 per cent reduction in carbon emissions and 70 per cent reduction in water consumption over the asset lifecycle and a 31 per cent reduction in materials impact. The project achieved a Leading IS Design rating, with perfect scores in eight categories of the IS tool.

Another innovative Victorian project was also lauded, with the Melbourne International RoRo Terminal winning the IS Project Asset Leadership in Infrastructure Sustainability Award.

Located at Melbourne’s Webb Dock West, the Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics roll-on-roll-off automotive terminal achieved an Excellence rating for design, and is also targeting an IS As Built rating.

It was designed and constructed by CPB Contractors, Arcadis, Worley Parsons and PLUS Architecture to a client brief of achieving a facility powered entirely by renewable energy and constructed entirely from recycled materials.

The facility was constructed from around 260,000 tonnes of recycled concrete, brick and glass, with a remote area power system used during the build. The use of a RAPS saved around 10,000 litres of diesel compared to a business-as-usual approach.

The completed MIRRAT features energy-efficient LED lighting, a solar panel array expected to generate around 11,500 kWh of electricity a year, and 100,000 litres of rainwater storage.

Edge Environment also received recognition, winning the Organisational Leadership in Infrastructure Sustainability Award.

The consultancy was involved in the initial development of the IS rating tool, and has also contributed to sustainability initiatives in the sector including working with Transport for NSW on its Sustainable Design Guidelines and the Transport Authorities Greenhouse Group on its GHG workbook and Carbon Gauge.

The 2016 Individual Leadership in Infrastructure Sustainability Award was won by ISCA co-founder and former ISCA director Glenn Hedges. Mr Hedges is currently co-chair of ISCA’s Contractor Working Group, an IS verifier and an advisor to CIMIC Group. He also co-authored the new ISCA guideline, Defining the Business Case for Sustainability in Infrastructure Delivery.

As part of the awards night, which coincided with ISCA’s What IS Next Conference, six projects were also awarded ratings.

The Bayswater Level Crossing Removal Project, NorthConnex and the North-South Corridor were all awarded “Leading” IS Design ratings; the Sydney Metro Northwest Tunnels and Station Civil Project was awarded a “Leading” As Built rating; Webb Dock West an “Excellent” As Built rating; and WestConnex Stage 1a: M4 Widening an “Excellent” Design rating.

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