Sustainable construction delivery targets are being exceeded by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), with 57% of materials being delivered by rail alone
The target set out in the Sustainable Development Strategy published in 2007 stated that 50 per cent of materials (by weight) would be transported by rail or water.
New figures show that the ODA is achieving 57 per cent of deliveries by rail alone.
The Olympic Park will also soon be using the waterways to transport construction materials in and out of the site. Dredging of the local waterways is starting within the next month and after Prescott Lock opens early this summer, 350-tonne barges will have access into the site.
The rail freight facilities within the Olympic Park currently manages the delivery and removal of thousands of tonnes of bulk aggregate products for concrete production, and fill material for the Olympic Park on a daily basis. The Bow East Logistics Centre can also handle multi-modal product shipments like sand, steel, cable reels, pallets and containers.
“‘We have set tough targets on sustainability which we are currently exceeding,” said ODA chief executive David Higgins. “To have 57 per cent of materials by weight delivered to site by sustainable means on a project of this scale is a real achievement. By switching road deliveries to rail, we have significantly reduced traffic and pollution on the roads around the Olympic Park.
‘“We are not complacent about the challenges that lie ahead and we are aware of the increased difficulty in maintaining this record as construction ramps up and the number of deliveries increases. We are however confident that we are moving in the right direction, and have got off to a great start.’
The ODA now has three fully operational logistics centres up and running which provide a complete logistics solution thereby allowing thousands of daily deliveries to the Olympic Park to be managed as effectively as possible with minimum impact upon the local environment and the community.
In addition to deliveries by rail and water, the ODA has established two off-site logistics centres in order to hold, screen and process vehicles, allocating them a specific time to make their deliveries to the Olympic Park to minimise road congestion.
The Barking Logistics Centre opened earlier this year, and manages all vehicles coming to the Olympic Park from the south and east. A second logistics centre in Chigwell on the M11 will manage vehicles travelling in from the north and west.