case studies

Environmental impact reduction in Construction project delivery

Challenge

The building and construction sectors are responsible for c.40% of carbon emissions. Typically, carbon reduction efforts in construction have been focused on the materials or at component-part level.

Curzon supported the client in developing an understanding that all future innovation and digital enablement designed to lower carbon construction processes and ways of working, such as connected autonomous plant (CAP), must address all construction activity and the full project site.

Curzon's approach

Curzon defined ‘The Digital Site’, to provide the enabling infrastructure with an ecosystem of software and hardware technology solutions to function. This will facilitate the most accurate GPS-based automated gearboxes, connected and autonomous plant and more.

Digital site standards are being deliberately designed to enable CAP. The most demanding use-case (electric and autonomous vehicles), can be applied to ensure that any new definition and standard(s) for digital site infrastructure meets the requirements of both the near and potential future for carbon Net-Zero ways of working.

Impact

The Digital Site will be a game-changer:

  • All CAP is powered by hybrid or electric technology
  • Hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicles have been trialled, with plans for hydrogen fuel-cell powered excavators by 2023
  • Reduced emissions – CO2 (98%) CO, NOx
  • Reduced noise emissions
  • Many networking solutions offer long-term benefits to local residents
  • Lower risk of fuel spills

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Digital acceleration of CN0 planning in Transport Infrastructure

Challenge

The Infrastructure and Transport sectors play a critical role in the UK’s overall Net-Zero ambitions. The infrastructure industry controls 13% of the UK’s total carbon emissions and influences a further 37%.

55% of the UK’s carbon emissions comes from the usage of transport infrastructure. Transport is the UK’s worst-performing sector for carbon reduction, and the only sector where greenhouse gas emissions are increasing.

Our client intends to reduce its carbon emissions and support the government’s ambition to achieve Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050. However, it’s investment strategy for the coming years is currently incompatible with its legal obligation to reduce its carbon. With the siloed nature of current Initiatives on capturing, measuring & reporting not being effectively geared towards carbon reduction, the introduction of some accelerators was necessary.

Curzon's approach

Curzon understands that Innovation, Digital capability and Data will play a critical role in carbon reduction. Our focus was on accelerating to Net Zero through Digital.

As part of this approach, we sought to ground future Net-Zero plans in reality. One of the most prominent challenges faced by our client’s business (and the wider industry) is efficiency across the asset management lifecycle. We took a deeper look into the digital enablement of productivity.

There is an entire spectrum of on-site productivity management capability areas that can be enhanced through the new or improved application of digital tools. Prioritisation and deployment decisions are driven by functional capability assessments and a multi-dimensional review of each tool’s benefits, use in increasing on-site productivity, deliverability and scalability. Moving forwards, tools can be identified/developed/assessed and their prioritisation should be influenced by what they offer from a carbon reduction perspective.

smart manufacturing

Impact

We identified a select number of productivity enabling digital tools that can be scaled to offer substantial heavy-duty vehicle performance, load management and fuel efficiency benefits that will have a significant carbon reduction impact.

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Cost-carbon reduction in Utilities and Property Development

Challenge

Successfully delivering infrastructure associated with water supply and property development growth are two of the most critical features of the UK’s socio-economic landscape. Our client serves the fastest growing area of the country in terms of home building; one in five new homes built in the UK are connected to its network and over 200,000 new homes will be connected in the next 5 years. This will require water infrastructure costing c.£350m.

The business identified recurring sub optimal performance in service delivery to developers and capital expenditure efficiency. Against a backdrop of historic performance failures the ambition was set for the business to be recognised as a true enabler of environmentally sustainable property development growth.

Curzon's approach

Through helping to build a digital business case, sharpen the project strategy and support the organisation in effecting new ways of working, Curzon guided the business in creating a bespoke system.

The system fully digitises the planning and asset delivery processes whilst providing advanced geospatial capabilities. This enables the identification of site cluster for the most efficient, collaborative approach to infrastructure delivery as well as optimum timing on the phasing of infrastructure build activity to align with developer phasing plans.

Curzon identified a number of No Build Solutions (avoiding need to build with early developer engagement) and Low Build Solutions (influencing developer design with early engagement).

In addition, we evaluated commercially and technically innovative alternative water partnership opportunities.

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Impact

The client now has the capability to take a strategic approach to asset planning across the entirety of a water resource zone and recycling catchment area, reducing emissions from construction and reducing design costs by identifying site clusters and efficient solution. Better site visibility provides greater insight on the needs of property developers, enabling sustainability initiatives such as water reuse to be encouraged and cutting the cost of late changes.

This transformation has placed the business on track to deliver c£32m or 9.2% in capital delivery savings over the next five years and 15% in operational efficiency.

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