The City Rail Link (CRL) has been awarded a ‘Leading’ Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) Design rating by the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA), the highest possible achievement in the IS scheme.
The rating to Auckland Transport is for the design and construction planning (with Connectus) of Contract 2 – Albert Street tunnels and a stormwater diversion.
To award a rating, ISCA considers project performance across six themes
- Management and governance
- Using resources
- Emissions, pollution and waste
- People and place
World first for mana whenua engagement
The process the CRL has undertaken to engage and partner with mana whenua to embed cultural values into an industry recognised sustainability framework has been acknowledged as a ‘world first’ innovation.
CRL Project Director Chris Meale says Auckland Transport worked closely with mana whenua to tailor the IS tool to suit not only Auckland, but also the New Zealand cultural context. Also through this partnership with mana whenua, the CRL design is developing a cultural richness and sense of place, which will be carried through to the completed project.
Committed to excellence
“We are committed to setting the benchmark for sustainable design, construction and operation of infrastructure in New Zealand. The sheer scale and significance of the CRL means taking a sustainable approach throughout the project lifecycle, is not an option, it just makes sense. This recognition tells us we’re on the right track to achieving our sustainability goals.”