RSK Geosciences’ Waste and Resources team is providing environmental support to the Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering and Bachy Soletanche joint venture (SB3 JV). SB3 JV is undertaking work on multiple lots of the HS2 works, including the largest development at Old Oak Common in North Acton, London, which will become a new super-hub and the largest railway station built in the UK.

The Waste and Resources team has provided support through secondments since June 2022 and continues to do so. The secondments provided a broad range of environmental services to SB3 JV throughout its two packages of work involving diaphragm wall installation and the pouring of over 2500 piles.


The Environmental Support Included: 

  • The writing, reviewing and updating of the environmental management system (EMS) documentation to maintain compliance with ISO 14001:2015 and to ensure processes and procedures efficiently manage the environmental risks of the works


  • Specific works-based waste sampling and subsequent management plans, including reviewing ground investigation reports, identifying all waste streams generated, providing detailed sampling and analysis plans based on quantity of waste and the potential contaminants present and delivering training to the team to aid in the sampling process


  • Providing bespoke waste assessment and classification reports based on the sampling and analysis undertaken on-site


  • Waste compliance and duty-of-care checks throughout the duration of the works, aiding in the procurement of waste contractors and ensuring all appropriate documentation is in place before work starts developing and delivering site-specific environmental training to increase awareness and appropriate management of all environmental risks on-site, including waste management, concrete management and pollution prevention


  • Undertaking site inspections and audits to assess compliance with legislation, EMS documentation and client requirements and implementing required action plans


  • Supporting and applying for required environmental licences and permits, including trade effluent consents and Section 61, and ensuring compliance requirements


  • Environmental incident investigation and management through to closeout and production of investigation reports and remedial actions


  • Management of the on-site mobile plant waste permit, including process and procedure creation, production of documents required for permit compliance and bespoke training on how to comply with the permit requirements, as well as regular inspections


  • Production of in-depth innovation case studies, including carbon-saving calculations and comparisons


  • Representing the client during internal and external environmental and Considerate Constructors
    Scheme audits, resulting in the highest Considerate Constructors Scheme score of all contractors on-site


  • Being the key contact for SB3 JV’s client and regulatory bodies for all environment-related matters.



For further information, contact:

Tim Holding (Director – Waste and Resources)