The UK’s latest high-speed railway project (HS2) has become the first infrastructure project in the UK to be awarded a BREEAM certificate.
The project’s first stage, which connects London and the West Midlands, has won the certificate due to its sustainability.
The Building Research Establishment (BRE) is responsible for overseeing the certificate, awarded HS2 for “going beyond enhancement and protection of the environment, to address the key social and economic impacts of the development”.
“This is a first for the UK and it will set the standards for future infrastructure projects around the world,” said Chris Broadbent, Director of Infrastructure at BRE.
The HS2 was noted for its work with harmonising communities, focusing on health and wellbeing, and ensuring the project has economic benefits, as well as environment protection.
“We are very pleased to receive this BREEAM Infrastructure certificate,” remarked Peter Miller, Environment Director of HS2.
“Our goal with HS2 is to design and build the most sustainable high-speed railway of its kind in the world, working in partnership with our supply chain and local communities to leave a positive legacy for future infrastructure projects both in the UK and beyond.”
“This certificate is a testament to our sustainability commitments and to the lasting benefits of the HS2 project.”