CEEQUAL, the assessment and awards scheme for improving sustainability in civil engineering and the public realm, has launched a new version for term contracts
The first term contracts awards were presented yesterday to Skanska’s FTN/GSM-R programme for Network Rail, to the North London Gas Alliance contract for National Grid, and the Highway Agency’s M25 maintenance operations contract with Connect Plus.
CEEQUAL assesses performance across 12 areas of environmental and social concern, including project management, community relations, ecology and biodiversity, energy and carbon, water, waste and transport issues and related sustainability factors.
CEEQUAL Terms Contracts specifically applies to maintenance and multiple small works contracts, such as highway, rail or sewer maintenance, regular interventions in rivers or drainage channels, road junction remodelling, track maintenance and minor realignments.
CEEQUAL chief executive Roger Venables said the launch of the term contracts version means the scheme now covers the full range of infrastructure and civil engineering work carried out by the construction industry.
“The environmental management of work undertaken through term contracts presents special challenges,” he said. “There are up to 2,000 of these work orders ever month and project-scale environmental management procedures do not work for activities like these.
“Not only is the nature of the work often different from projects, its procurement and management also differ. Similarly, for a high proportion of infrastructure such as highways, railways, sewers, bridges and similar works, design and construction is only a small part of the lifecycle of the development,” he said.
CEEQUAL was originally developed by a team led by the Institution of Civil Engineers and part-funded by the ICE Research and Development Enabling Fund and the UK Government.
Since the Scheme’s launch in late 2003, more than 80 final and more than 40 interim CEEQUAL Awards have been made to a very wide range of civil engineering and public realm projects.
CEEQUAL measures how far beyond minimum legal compliance towards pinnacle best practice the project or contract team has performed. There are four grades to the Awards: Pass, Good, Very Good and Excellent.