Silvertown Tunnel

Riverlinx CJV

Construction Project Overview

The Silvertown Tunnel project comprises the creation of a 1.4km twin-lane road tunnel underneath the River Thames, connecting North Greenwich and Silvertown. Led by the Riverlinx CJV joint venture, this undertaking involves extensive excavation and removal of materials by barge. The project extends above ground as well, including the construction of community gardens, landscaping, a road bridge, and a pedestrian and cycle footbridge. Riverlinx CJV has been awarded a Considerate Constructors Scheme Gold National Site Award for the incredible standards upheld during the project in 2023. The project team has consistently maintained high standards throughout the construction process during this period.

Project Highlights

The project team demonstrated a strong commitment to the Scheme’s goals throughout 2023, undertaking numerous community and school engagement activities with impressive results. Environmental stewardship was a key focus, with the team sharing its exceptional performance in the New Civil Engineers awards programme. The site prioritised worker welfare, evidenced by the implementation of a wellness month, weekly meditation sessions, and targeted efforts to achieve exceptional benefits for the community, environment, and workforce.

Innovations & Best Practices

As well as achieving excellent standards across key workforce, environmental and community areas, the team introduced a CCS-approved innovation to improve performance. It utilised a Fluid transportation system to reduce friction when moving large objects across the construction site, by using nitrogen bubbles and silicone oil for smoother load movement. A level surface and lubricated steel plates allow easy manipulation of large loads. This eliminates the need for cranes and extensive lift planning associated with traditional methods.

Respecting the Community

The project team actively monitored and drove social value initiatives, with a commitment to continual progress. Their focus on educational engagement and charity support was particularly noteworthy. Regular Community Liaison Group meetings, recurring food bank donations, and mental health campaigns like ‘Time to Talk’ underscored the team’s dedication to building strong relationships within the surrounding community.

Caring for the Environment

The project incorporated rigorous environmental performance monitoring and carbon reduction plans. Sustainability was tracked via the CEEQUAL assessment mechanism, offering continuous data collection on monthly KPIs. The site emphasised proactive environmental management, involving project ecologists, on-site ‘bug hotels’ to support biodiversity, and tree donations for the Queen’s Jubilee, all seamlessly integrated into the design.

Valuing the Workforce

The project prioritised site staff health and wellbeing. Mental health issues were openly addressed, and equality, diversity, and inclusion training workshops were provided. The team demonstrated support for disadvantaged groups and fostered a positive safety culture through strong leadership. Work experience and career opportunities were well-managed. Unique initiatives like a wellness month focusing on noise awareness and sign language, along with weekly mindful meditation classes, showcased the commitment to worker wellbeing.

Congratulations to the team for these outstanding performance levels.

Award Level

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