Veidekke: Record-high environmental score for Bane NOR in Drammen

Veidekke has received the BREEAM certificate confirming sustainability certification at the Excellent level for the UDK02 railway project in Drammen. The project for Bane NOR has received an overall score of 83.5%, the highest ever achieved for a civil engineering project in Norway.

BREEAM-sertifikat UDK02

“We are extremely proud of the great results we have achieved together with Bane NOR in Drammen. This complex major project was completed without serious injuries, below budget, was handed over ahead of time, and to top it off, we achieved a significantly better environmental and climate footprint than our common goal,” says Director Neal Nordahl of Veidekke Anlegg.

The contract between Veidekke and Bane NOR was concluded in November 2019. The assignment was to build a 540 metre concrete culvert in an open construction pit and a subsequent 290-metre-long tunnel through deposits with difficult ground conditions and into the hill at Strømsåsen, south of Drammen station. The section is part of Bane NOR’s Inter-City project “New double track Drammen-Kobbervikdalen” on the Vestfold line, which will result in continuous double tracks and more trains between Oslo and Tønsberg.

“We are very pleased with the great result Veidekke has achieved. More people using trains is an important contribution to increased sustainability, and it is important for us that construction work also becomes increasingly sustainable and climate friendly. This is why we must continue to strive to improve along with the building and construction industry. Here, Veidekke and the construction project in Drammen have led by example,” says Bettina Sandvin, development director with Bane NOR.

BREEAM Infrastructure is a tool for documenting and promoting sustainability for different types of infrastructure projects, such as roads, railways, bridges, landscaping and parks. Evidence-based assessment criteria and external verification are used to produce a result that can be published and used to measure sustainability in a project.

“It is of course satisfying that we managed to set a new record, but for the planet’s sake I hope the record is broken as soon as possible. The entire industry needs to take responsibility and constantly seek new and increasingly environmentally friendly ways to implement construction projects if we are to be able to achieve our common climate goals and meet our obligations,” Neal Nordahl concludes.

Read more about the project here.

For further information, please contact:
Neal Nordahl, Director of Veidekke Anlegg, tel. +47 90 92 44 64,

Communications Manager Helge Dieset of Veidekke, tel. +47 90 55 33 22,
Senior Communications Advisor Tormod Ugelstad at Bane NOR, tel. +47 99 50 16 25,

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Veidekke is one of Scandinavia’s largest contractors. In addition to undertaking all types of building and civil engineering assignments, the group also maintains roads and produces asphalt and aggregates. Veidekke emphasises stakeholder involvement and local experience. Annual turnover is approx. NOK 43 billion, and almost half of its 8,000 employees own shares in the company. Veidekke is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange and has posted a profit every year since its inception in 1936.

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