Auckland’s City Rail Link (CRL) project has been recognised as a world first - embedding cultural values into a sustainability approach.
On 21 March the CRL was awarded a ‘Leading’ infrastructure sustainability design rating by the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA), the highest-possible achievement in the scheme.
The rating is for the design and construction planning of Contract 1 - the work through and under Britomart Station and Lower Queen Street to the former Downtown Shopping Centre site.
This is only the second ‘Leading’ rating awarded in New Zealand; the first also went to the CRL for the design and construction planning of Contract 2 - the Albert Street tunnels and a new storm water main under Albert Street.
In awarding the Contract 1 design rating, ISCA considered project performance across six themes: Management & Governance; Using Resources; Emissions, Pollution & Waste; Ecology; People & Place; and Innovation.
ISCA noted several highlights for Contract 1:
CRL Project Director Chris Meale said the project is committed to setting the benchmark for sustainable design, construction and operation of infrastructure in New Zealand and the latest recognition shows it is on the right track to achieving this.
Antony Sprigg, CEO of ISCA, said Contract 1 achieved a rating score of 80.7, well above the 75 points required to gain a ‘Leading’ rating:
“Contract 1’s Leading infrastructure sustainability rating attests to CRL’s local, national and international leadership through their infrastructure sustainability commitment and outstanding performance to date.”
CRL construction is well underway and reporting to date shows it is on track to deliver a sustainable project for Auckland.