Canary Wharf Contractors Limited (CWCL), part of Canary Wharf Group plc, was recently awarded a prestigious Gold Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice on the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station construction project.

The award was presented by The Green Organisation to the CWCL Project Team and client representatives at the seventeenth annual international awards ceremony at the House of Commons on 15 November.

The Green Apple Awards are presented annually in recognition of companies, councils and communities carrying out projects that enhance the environment and local amenity. 500 of the most prestigious projects were nominated in 2010 and CWCL was extremely proud to be one of the few to receive a Gold Award.

The judges commented, “This project took advantage of its location, with much of the material to and from site travelling by barge. Novel construction methods were used to minimise waste and disturbance, and local transport was virtually unaffected throughout construction.”

CWCL’s aim is to construct the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station by employing creative design and innovative technologies that both maximise value for money and deliver environmental benefits, including:

•    reduced CO2 emissions
•    maximum re-use of excavated material
•    considerate and efficient use of resources, and
•    minimised impact from noise, dust, vibration and site traffic on the local community.

Cliff Bryant, Executive Director at CWCL, said: “It is a great achievement for CWCL. We have proved that that economic construction and protecting the environment do not need to be mutually exclusive aims.”

CWCL is designing and constructing the Station on behalf of Crossrail. Construction was started by the Mayor of London and Secretary of State for Transport in May 2009, with trains due to run from 2018.

Supporters of the Award include the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and various other professional bodies.

National organiser Roger Wolens commented: “To show continued interest in environmental issues during the current financial climate shows great foresight and they deserve the recognition of being Green Apple Award winners. They invest in a better future for us all and deserve to be recognised for their efforts.”

Notes to Editors

About Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre East London Estate.

There are more than 200 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. Recent fashion openings include Aquascutum and Hackett. Seven new bars and restaurants have opened in the past 12 months to critical acclaim, creating over 400 jobs.

Canary Wharf’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes over 100 events each year and more than 60 art works by 45 artists and designers is found throughout the Estate. Temporary art exhibitions run throughout the year, with recent exhibitors including Peter Randall-Page, Glenys Barton, Stephanie Quayle, Clare Mitten and Cambridge Jones.

20% of the Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and 70,000 seasonal plants planted annually.

Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity. CWG is one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain.

Over 90,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.

Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies. For further information, please contact: Hamish McDougall
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2326
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