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Church Village Bypass wins top environmental award

28 July 2011

Costain’s £90million Church Village Bypass Scheme has scooped a top award for cutting carbon and improving energy efficiency.

Costain was presented with the Waste Minimisation Award 2011 at the Constructing Excellence in Wales Awards at the Holland House Hotel, in Cardiff.

The award was for the eco-friendly programme of works at the Bypass where it was recognised that the largest contribution to the scheme’s carbon footprint would arise from construction materials, the fuel consumption of plant and machinery and the potential disposal of waste to landfill.  The management team aimed to reduce the environmental impact of the scheme from the start. 

A staggering 300,000m3 of soil was excavated and less than 0.01% of site generated waste was actually diverted to landfill.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Transportation, Customer Care and Emergency Planning, Cllr Andrew Morgan, said: “The statistics of the Church Village Bypass speak for themselves.  It is a massive scheme and it ticked all of the boxes the judges wanted.  The judges commented that it was exemplary in terms of all its key stages – planning all opportunities, detailed value engineering at design stage – and waste minimisation was always a priority.”

Constructing Excellence in Wales winners will now go forward to the Constructing Excellence National awards which are to be held in November.

Barry Woodman, Project Manager from Costain, added: “We are extremely pleased to receive the award from Constructing Excellence in Wales which recognises and rewards the efforts made by all the team. Some very innovative initiatives together with design and engineering techniques secured impressive results.”