Malaysian visitors see how CEEQUAL is used on UK infrastructure projects

A delegation of engineers and researchers from Malaysia have visited the UK to learn more about sustainable construction in the civil engineering sector.

The delegation from the Sustainable Construction Excellence Centre (MAMPAN), a division of the Construction Research Institute of Malaysia (CREAM), visited on Thursday 30 March and Friday 31 March 2017 to find out how CEEQUAL is being used to benefit infrastructure projects in the UK.

MAMPAN has been established by the Malaysian Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) to spearhead the sustainability agenda within the Malaysian construction industry. The centre is promoting and developing sustainable construction practices within industry and aiming to create value for the nation by:

  • Reducing the cost of annual flood and natural disaster damages
  • Reducing the life-cycle cost of projects
  • Increasing benefits from reduction of carbon emissions
  • Increasing the competitiveness and growth of the construction industry

The centre is a key initiative of the Construction Industry Transformation Programme 2016-2020.

MAMPAN is aiming to develop and promote the use of sustainable infrastructure ratings in Malaysia to support the country as it continues to develop an efficient and sustainable economy.

The visitors included CREAM Executive Director, Ir Dr Zuhairi bin Abd Hamid, and engineers from two of the country’s major highway projects: the West Coast Expressway and the Duta-Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE).

After meeting at the BRE Group headquarters in Watford the visitors were shown three major infrastructure projects that are successfully using CEEQUAL to improve and demonstrate their sustainability performance:

  • London Bridge Station Redevelopment
  • Bakerloo Line Link
  • Crossrail – Paddington Integrated Project

At London Bridge Station Jody Neiman (Environment Manager) described the challenges and achievements in transforming of one of the oldest and busiest stations in London while keeping it open to passengers. The project is currently completing a CEEQUAL Whole Team Award following its CEEQUAL Excellent (96.9%) Interim Client and Design Award in 2012.

The next day, the group went underground to see the intricate tunnelling that is being completed for the Bakerloo Line Link, a complex project to provide a pedestrian tunnel between the existing Bakerloo Line tube station and the new Crossrail station at Paddington that is being completed by a Costain-Skanska Joint Venture (CSJV). The team heard from the Environment Manager, Conor McCone, and Design Manager, Bryan Washer, about some of the project’s successes, including having received no environmental complaints to date despite its sensitive central London location.

The trip finished with a tour and presentation from Mike de Silva (Sustainability Manager, Crossrail) and Suzanne Webster (Environment Manager, Crossrail) who explained how CEEQUAL is being used to drive and demonstrate performance on Crossrail – Europe’s largest construction project. The group had the opportunity as part of this to see the award winning Paddington Integrated Project, which achieved a CEEQUAL Excellent (81.7%) Whole Project Award in 2013.

Photo (left-to-right)

Back row: Ian Nicholson (Technical Director, CEEQUAL), Mark Barrett (CEEQUAL Verifier), Richard Hardy (Director, BRE Group), Chris Broadbent (Managing Director, CEEQUAL), Ir Dr Zuhairi bin Abd Hamid (Executive Director, CREAM), Hj Abdul Razak Hamid Husin (General Manger, Legal Department, CIDB Malaysia), Zuraihi bin Abd Ghani (Senior Manager, Sustainable Construction Department, CIDB Malaysia), Dr Farid Ezanee bin Mohamed Ghazali (University of Science, Malaysia), Timothy Pang Tze Chin (Project Engineer, Ekovest Berhad);

Front row: Ramesh A/L V. Subramaniam (IJM Construction Sdn Bhd), Emasria binti Ismail (Head of Business Development Unit, MAMPAN), Dr Mohd Rosli bin Mohd Hasan (University of Science, Malaysia), Ir Chua Soo Kok (Project Director – DUKE, Ekovest Berhad), Norzaidi bin Nordin (Researcher, MAMPAN).