International honour for Solihull's Wildlife Ways projects - The Solihull Observer

International honour for Solihull's Wildlife Ways projects

Solihull Editorial 30th May, 2023   0

AN ENVIRONMENTAL project in Solihull has been given international recognition.

Staff from Solihull Council’s Highway Infrastructure team and contractors Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP) scooped a Green World Awards 2023 carbon reduction global gold winner trophy.

Last year they picked up a prestigious national Green Apple Champion award for carbon reduction and went forward into the international round this year.

Solihull Council’s cabinet member for Environment and Infrastructure, Councillor Ken Hawkins, said: “Both our staff and our contractors worked incredibly hard to improve 69 km of existing paths and cycle routes plus 23 km of new footways across the borough through our Wildlife Ways project.

“These paths and routes mean that leaving the car at home and travelling by bicycle or on foot is a safer and more enjoyable option for residents and visitors, helping to reduce our carbon emissions.

“We are aiming to become a net zero carbon emission borough by 2041 so I am delighted that this work has been recognised with an international gold award for carbon reduction and I would like to congratulate all the staff and contractors who made it possible.”

Alongside the global gold award, the team has also just won best project and Team of the Year for their work on Fillongley Bridge at the CIHT West Midlands Awards and IHE Mercia Branch Awards and won highly commended Sustainable Transport Project for the Blossomfield Road Cycle Route at the IHE Awards.

They were also shortlisted for several other awards for their work on the Blossomfield Road cycle route, Fillongley Bridge and property flood resilience.

Jo Dryden, area director at Balfour Beatty Living Places said: “Wildlife Ways has made a positive contribution in developing active, connected communities, which is testament to the design, construction and stakeholder engagement from the outset.

“Its success has been brought about through the commitment to collaboration from all parties, ensuring that we met Solihull Council’s sustainability outcomes.

“A Global Green World Award is the culmination of the vision, effort and teamwork for everyone involved, I am immensely proud of what has been achieved in delivering this project.”

Wildlife Ways was a £16.8million project part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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