Freyssinet’s ElevArch® Technique Wins Environment Innovation Award

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John Kennils pictured with Mark Carne.

Freyssinet won the award for the best environmental innovation for its revolutionary ElevArch® technique at the Railway Industry Innovation Awards 2017 ceremony, held in London on 23 June.

Mark Carne, chief executive of Network Rail, was the guest of honour and keynote speaker at the awards, which celebrate outstanding innovations in the rail industry. A panel of industry experts judged entries across eight different categories – environment, passenger experience, cross-industry partnership, operations and performance, engineering, safety, small-scale projects and major projects, before the winners were announced at the ceremony, hosted by Modern Railways magazine.

Freyssinet’s patented ElevArch® method won the prestigious environment award based on its innovative concept and sustainable approach. The revolutionary technique for vertically jacking masonry bridge arches will minimise intrusion to the rail environment compared to other techniques, significantly reducing cost, time and resources required, which in turn will reduce any potential impact on the environment.

Freyssinet works under the ethos of ‘Sustainable Technology’, aiming to ‘do more with less materials and energy’. By improving, preserving and securing structures, we also aim to save non-renewable resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

John Kennils, Freyssinet Rail Business Development Manager, was delighted to be presented with a cut glass engraved award by Mark Carne at the ceremony.

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