CEEQUAL Good – Whole Team Award
Version 5, 2023 | Kent, UK
Assessor: Julien Diaz, VolkerStevin
Verifier: Karl Pitman, Pitman Associates Ltd
Client: Defence Infrastructure Organisation
DIO awarded a contract worth approximately £43 million to VolkerStevin to construct a new jetty at Thanckes Oil Fuel Depot which provides fuelling facilities for the Royal Navy at Devonport Naval Base.
The project delivers a new jetty with fuel loading and firefighting facilities.
The completed facility services all the Navy fuelling requirements at Devonport.
|Waste diverted from landfill||N/A tonnes or m3||100 % of total inert waste
94.60% of total non-hazardous waste
In your view, has CEEQUAL represented value for money?
The main goal of the assessment was not to represent value for money but to drive the project to reach higher sustainability, environmental and social standards. The financial impact of the assessment was therefore not measured.
The project was specifically good at protecting the water environment during construction and operation
People and communities
The project team was eager to improve the image of the construction industry by taking part in local life and engaging with the community.
– AECOM created a partnership link with the “Friends of Thanckes Park Team” and lent/transported pinecones from site for a community event taking place in Thanckes Park in February.
– VolkerStevin organised for refurbishment works to be carried out at St Columba & Torpoint RFC. In exchange, the RFC kindly shared 25 parking spaces with the project.
What were the main challenges for the project and how were these overcome?
The new jetty was built within a Special Area of Conservation, on the River Tamar, and the project had to comply with complex environmental constraints.
The project’s nature and location imposed demanding design and planning constraints, coupled with specific requirements regarding its visual impact and specifications.
The works also had to be carried out whilst the old jetty was still operational as the fuel depot activities could not be suspended during the construction phase.
All these challenges were tackled by using advanced planning methods and team work.
What were the drivers and perceived benefits for undertaking a CEEQUAL assessment on this project?
Improved design, better community involvement, more innovative approach to transport (Most material was imported by barge to limit impact)
How did the use of CEEQUAL influence the outcomes of the project? What was done differently because of the CEEQUAL process?
A particular stress was placed on the social impact of the project and the involvement of the site team in local life. Landscape and water protection were influenced by CEEQUAL which also fuelled a strong desire to constantly innovate at concept, design, and construction stage.
What elements of this project highlight best practice and innovation?
Land and landscape, water protection, project management and transport.
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