CPB Contractors has been awarded the maximum rating level and the highest score to date for any major infrastructure project under the Infrastructure Sustainability Council (ISC) rating scheme.
The project, Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1, scored 104.35 points out of a possible 110 points, achieving a ‘Leading’ As Built rating for its positive economic, social, and environmental outcomes and was delivered in joint venture with Downer for the NSW Government.
The award follows the public launch of CPB Contractors’ 2022 Sustainability strategy, which aligns with parent company CIMIC Group’s ESG framework and outlines the contractors’ commitment to build a sustainable future and reach net-zero.
Managing Director Jason Spears said that the ‘Leading’ As Built rating for Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 highlights the contractor’s expertise in innovative sustainable delivery.
“Innovation is a core principle for CPB Contractors, and our people are encouraged to look for new, better solutions and construction methods, especially when a more sustainable outcome can be achieved for clients and local communities.
“Our sustainability strategy formalises our approach, and this award is a great reminder that we are successfully delivering on our commitments”, explained Jason.
Spotlight on CPB Contractors’ leading sustainable delivery
A handful of the stand-out environmental sustainability initiatives adopted by the project are outlined below:
- Delivery of Australia’s longest green track and the first constructed in New South Wales
- First light rail track in the state to be constructed using macro synthetic fibres instead of steel reinforcing
- 1000+ tonnes of recycled glass replaced the use of virgin sand in permanent asphalt
- More than 25,000m2 of existing asphalt was reused by the project through the adoption of sustainable construction methods
- 99% of construction and demolition waste was recycled, diverting more than 145,900 tonnes of landfill waste
- Re-using more than 11,000 metres of AS60 rails, 12,000 sleepers and 8,000 cubic metres of ballast recovered from the original single-track T6 Carlingford Line
Additionally, the project championed CPB Contractors’ commitment to delivering positive social and economic benefits with outstanding employment, training and supplier opportunities, including:
- More than 50% of the workforce in apprentice or learning worker roles
- 2.6% of the workforce are women in non-traditional roles
- Exceeded Indigenous procurement target by more than $6 million
Located in Western Sydney, the Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia with a 12-kilometre, two-way track.