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Case studies Thames Tideway

A multi-billion pound environmental project is finding innovative ways to reduce its impact.

“With such a complex project it is easy to overlook how small advances can make a difference to the overall strategic delivery of a hugely important objective.”

It may seem strange that a solution to the upcycling of low value waste was not already known to the operational bosses of one of Europe’s largest infrastructure schemes – the rebuilding of London’s sewer system. But it took a small supplier among a sea of suppliers to bring Flute to the attention of Thames Tideway’s central sustainability and procurement team. Once alerted, Thames Tideway wasted no time in inviting Flute in to showcase it’s unique solution to the entire project team, delivery partners, and community interest groups. Flute’s presentation, in spring 2016, led to the adoption of a waste-to-value programme not previously considered or envisaged within the multi-billion pound project.

To take the first step, Tideway Central awarded Flute the contract to provide our circular service to the initial site set up at Kirtling Street, Wandsworth – an office for 40 staff opposite Battersea Power Station comprised entirely from engineered waste materials. The main contractor for the Central section, a joint venture made up of Ferrovial Agroman and Laing O'Rourke, was at first bemused at the prospect of creating a state-of-the-art construction site from waste material, but things change quickly when the future of the planet is at stake.

The products are also being considered by the joint venture working on the Western Contract which is made up of Balfour Beatty, BAM Nuttall and Morgan Sindall. John Hutton, Head of Sustainability at BAM Nuttall says “Ultimately it is not possible to make a decision that would involve the use of unnecessarily extracted raw materials and minerals when we could achieve fit for purpose solutions by using materials we had already decided to throw away. There is a moment in every great project when you have to say to yourself: am I making the big decisions that are required of me to support the higher objectives of this project?”

Flute is now working with Thames Tideway on the creation of a 100% sustainable solution to the ongoing project office and site office programme. Flute’s three-step programme is now also Tideway’s three-step programme.

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