Several projects were selected to commit to achieving an ‘Excellent’ in the CEEQUAL award, which included Crossrail WOE and WOTI. CEEQUAL, now part of the BRE Group, is a sustainability standard and certification tool for civil engineering and infrastructure projects in the UK and around the world. It is increasingly being drafted into project requirements to raise the standard of sustainability on major projects.
The award assesses nine aspects of project work, including ecology, transport and archaeology in a question-and-answer format that requires evidence to demonstrate that points can be awarded. Once all the evidence has been submitted for the questions, the project can enter the verification stage, where the CEEQUAL assessor and project team meet to score initial evidence. Some projects also require an interim assessment midway through the project. Comments raised from the assessor will then be addressed, the evidence submitted and a score awarded to the project as a percentage. The percentages are divided into Pass (>25%), Good (>40%), Very Good (>60%), and Excellent (>75%).
RSK’s Harry Fraser (WOTI) and Joe Mortlock (WOE) collected the initial evidence in the final stages of the projects to put the scoring into reasonable shape going into verification. As the projects came to a close and essentially merged into one, RSK environmental consultant Becky Cail was drafted to the project to oversee the final project deliverables and address the CEEQUAL assessor’s comments to achieve the award.
After 14 months of collecting evidence from a project from which the key engineers and project managers had already departed, making it increasingly difficult to get information, WOTI and WOE both scored over 75% and were awarded an Excellent certificate, representing a significant achievement for RSK, Balfour Beatty and Network Rail.
WOTI project CEEQUAL success: Ian Nicholson, director at CEEQUAL, with RSK senior environmental consultant Harry Fraser, Balfour Beatty project manager David Swallow and Balfour Beatty head of environment Sarah Still
WOE project CEEQUAL success: Ian Nicholson, director at CEEQUAL, with Balfour Beatty project manager Phil Gosney, RSK environmental consultant Joe Mortlock, Network Rail environment manager Martin Bano, RSK environmental consultant Becky Cail and Balfour Beatty head of environment Sarah Still
“This achievement highlights RSK’s growing ability to deliver the CEEQUAL award on nationally significant projects,” comments RSK’s Joe Mortlock. “The more we’re able to be a part of delivering high standards of sustainability, the more knowledge we can take on to new projects to ensure that we’re putting measures in place at the very start to achieve excellent standards for our clients.”