NR/L2/ENV/015 ISSUE 7
Environment and Social Minimum Requirements – Design and Construction
|Publication Date:||2 June 2018|
This standard is mandatory for all construction, design and planned maintenance works carried out by Network Rail and its contractors. This includes:
b) Network Rail business units where they act as a design or contractor entity according to Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) definitions, e.g. Internal Design Group and Works Delivery.
This standard does not apply to works of reactive maintenance on existing assets.
The requirements of this standard apply to all land areas impacted by project activities, including the primary development site(s) and, without limitation, any associated temporary work sites, compounds, haul roads, access routes.
Where a joint venture or alliance is established with Network Rail as a partner, this standard should be recommended as a minimum when defining contract requirements for those organisations accountable for design, construction or maintenance within the alliance.
This standard sets out Network Rail's minimum requirements for the management of environment and social risks and opportunities during design, construction and/or maintenance activities.
The implementation of this standard delivers a range of benefits to Network Rail including:
a) improved business cost-efficiency from sustainable practices, such as designing for whole life energy efficiency, waste minimisation, and capital carbon value engineering;
b) increased social value created by maximising opportunities for inclusive design, considerate construction and socio-economic growth;
c) reduced risk of legal and regulatory non-compliance and negative reputational exposure by delivering good practice standards of environmental and social performance.