High Speed 2's Water Orton Viaducts Redesigned for Sustainability and Environmental Concerns

Posted on 27 January 2021

The revisions made to the design of High Speed 2's Water Orton viaducts are a significant step towards addressing environmental concerns and ensuring that the project meets the highest standards of sustainability. The architects and engineers involved in the project, from Mott MacDonald, Systra and Weston Williamson + Partners, have taken into account the feedback received during the public consultation stage and have responded with a design that takes into account the impact on local wildlife habitats.

The slim support piers added to the viaducts not only enhance their design but also reduce the shading of the areas over which the railway will pass. The revised design also includes landscaped areas that provide green public spaces, wildlife habitats, and a pathway for walking and cycling. These features will not only mitigate the impact of the viaducts on the environment but also provide additional benefits to the local community.

Furthermore, BBV's plans to minimise construction impacts in the area demonstrate a commitment to sustainable construction practices. Creating this has taken HS2 haul roads for transporting material, manufacturing the segments of the viaducts in a factory outside the area, and using sustainable altermatives to cement in the construction of the structures. These steps will reduce the project's carbon footprint and minimise disruption to the local community.

HS2 Design Director, Kay Hughes' commented on the project, highlighting the importance of enhancing the natural environment in many areas along the route through landscape design. The project provides an opportunity to create green spaces that people can connect to and enjoy, contributing to the well-being of the local community and the natural environment.

In summary, the revisions made to the design of High Speed 2's Water Orton viaducts, and BBV's plans to minimise construction impacts, demonstrate a commitment to sustainability and responsible construction practices.The project provides an opportunity to enhance the natural environment in the area and create benefits for the local community.

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