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TUCA is environmentally excellent

By Lucy Irvine

TUCA is environmentally excellent

The Tunnelling and Underground Academy (TUCA) has recently been awarded an 'Excellent' rating under the BREEAM scheme. BREEAM is the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method for buildings.

It is an external process we are using to measure the environmental performance and credentials all of the key buildings we deliver on the project as we work to realise our environmental vision of "Setting the standard for environmental performance and leaving the legacy of a sustainable railway."

Using BREEAM rating benchmark levels we can compare TUCA's performance with other BREEAM rated buildings. TUCA's 'Excellent' rating puts it in the top 10% of UK new non-domestic buildings (best practice) category.

BREEAM assessment covers eight key areas: management, health and wellbeing, energy, transport, water, materials, waste, land use and ecology and pollution. TUCA scored particularly highly in the management, energy, water and materials categories.

Crossrail Sustainability Manager Mike de Silva said: "TUCA is the first Crossrail building to receive its final BREEAM rating. Our contractor Volker Fitzpatrick was given an initial assessment that indicated a Good rating on completion so we're delighted that they have achieved significantly beyond this expectation. With strong direction from TUCA Project Manager Adrian Smith, Volker Fitzpatrick really worked with us to help identify a pathway to Excellent and then delivered it. It seems that TUCA has set a precedent not just in respect of Crossrail's skills legacy but also in terms of our environmental legacy."

All Crossrail station contractors are to obtain BREEAM Very Good ratings for the station buildings. Crossrail's central section stations will be the first underground railway stations to have been rated under the scheme.