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2014 Winner - Infrastructure and Buildings

Regional Rail Link Authority

Regional Rail Link Project

The $4.1 billion Regional Rail Link Project is removing major bottlenecks in Victoria’s rail network by untangling metropolitan and regional tracks from Melbourne’s west to the heart of the city, benefitting both metropolitan and regional passengers.

The Regional Rail Link Project team set out to achieve sustainability outcomes that exceeded industry best practice. They were intent on delivering a major project with a positive legacy for communities living along its length, using innovative practices that could be adopted on infrastructure projects nationwide.

Key successes of the project include reducing construction-phase energy and carbon by 20 per cent, certifying a ground-breaking custom rating tool for railway stations and achieving a 4 star rating at West Footscray.

It also achieved over 80 per cent recycling/reuse of construction and demolition waste, large reductions in materials such as Portland cement, timber and base building materials, innovative use of materials and consequent changes to railway standards for future projects.

A key feature of the project’s success was the close collaboration between competitors within the project, and between the project team and wider industry.

This project highlights that sustainability can be successfully embedded in large-scale infrastructure projects right from project inception.

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'The Regional Rail Link Authority set out to achieve sustainability outcomes that were better than industry standard for railway projects, and to generate innovative practices that could be used on future projects. so it is very rewarding to have our achievements recognised this way.'

Allen Garner, A/Chief Executive Officer, Regional Rail Link Authority, Winner of the Infrastructure and Buildings Award