The prestigious Kings Waterfront development in Liverpool City Centre has received a national ‘Green Apple’ environmental award in recognition of the sustainability standards achieved during the completion of infrastructure works on site.
The awards, presented by The Green Organisation recognise and reward environmental best practice around the world.
National regeneration agency, English Partnerships won the award in the ‘Building & Construction’ category for the £6m infrastructure contract recently completed by Birse Civils Ltd.
The ‘Reclamation, Recycling & Regeneration’ award recognised the imaginative and creative use of materials and construction methods which contribute to the overall sustainability of the Kings Waterfront scheme.
Key aims of the Kings Waterfront infrastructure included maximising sustainable materials - existing site materials were reused and recycled, alternative specifications were sourced with increased environmental and sustainability benefits, local subcontractors and suppliers were sourced where possible and a green travel plan was implemented on site.
Birse Civils Ltd crushed and processed 5,000m³ of hard materials for reuse as fill material and drainage backfill, used 80% recycled materials in 15,000m³ of paving and 100% recycled sand for all paving and pipe-bedding. Semi-mature trees were also planted on the access roads to enhance the public realm and bring green life to the city.
Catherine Turner, English Partnerships’ Senior Regeneration Manager said, “Infrastructure is key to any development and at Kings Waterfront we worked closely with Birse to make sure that sustainability measures were built in from the very start. It’s therefore great to receive this award.”
Kings Waterfront is the single largest development site in Liverpool city centre. A partnership of Liverpool Vision, national regeneration agency English Partnerships, Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), the European Objective One Programme and Liverpool City Council is jointly promoting its development.
On completion the project will incorporate a 10,000-seat arena, 7,000 sq m exhibition facility and a 1,350-seat auditorium at the Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre (ACC Liverpool), two hotels, 1,800 residential units, commercial, leisure and retail space, car parking and public open space.