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ODA wins green award
Leading construction and support companies were recognised at the prestigious Business Commitment to the Environment (BCE) Awards ceremony in London on June 15.

Work by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) to minimise the environmental impact of new venues and infrastructure for the London 2012 Games won the prestigious Sir Peter Parker Award.

Leading glass and glazing manufacturer, Pilkington, won a Process Premier award for the refurbishment of its UK5 float glass line, the largest glass furnace in the UK. This included the installation of a pollution control plant, an improved combustion system, a new insulation package and an on-line glass coater. The project ensures the availability of glass with the lowest overall carbon footprint on the European market.

British Gypsum, May Gurney and Skanska all picked up major commendations for their environmental achievements making it a good night for the construction industry at the ceremony. All the awards were presented by former Marks & Spencer chairman, Sir Stuart Rose.

Founded by Sir Peter Parker in 1975, the BCE Awards scheme is one of the world’s longest running environmental competitions. It celebrates businesses that an independent judging panel recognises as meeting the commercial demands of the present without compromising the environment. The Sir Peter Parker award is won by the best overall project.

The ODA is responsible for developing and building venues and infrastructure for the London 2012 Games. The ODA’s role is to deliver the Olympic Park, which is being transformed from a brownfield site into a new urban park with improved infrastructure and world-class sporting facilities. The project is being built to the most comprehensive range of environmental and sustainability criteria ever adopted by a large-scale regeneration project in the UK.

The ODA is on track to meet its objectives. It is forecasting to reduce potable water use by 57% against 2006 industry standards, re-use or recycle 98.5% of the demolition materials and 99% of construction materials, use 100% legally sourced timber, deliver 67% of construction materials by rail and water, and create over 45 hectares of new habitats.

Judges applauded the results of the ODA’s ambitious vision and, in particular, how contractors were empowered to deliver innovative solutions on such a large scale.

Richard Jackson, head of sustainable development for the ODA said: “The ODA, our delivery partner and all the contractors on the Olympic Park site have worked hard over the last four years to ensure that sustainability is integral to the London 2012 project – from the procurement of suppliers and design of projects to the construction work. We believe that this project sets new standards and raises the bar for the industry.”

Applications for the 2012 BCE Awards can now made via the BCE Awards website. The closing date for entries is 10 October 2011.