Last week the ISCA team were in Christchurch, where we presented our first ever New Zealand As Built Rating. The project was McDougal's Alpine Chondola (a mixture between a chair lift and a gondola!), which achieved an Excellent As Built IS Rating.
The project is a collaboration between Cardrona Alpine Resort, Doppelmayr and Tonkin + Taylor.
The rating reflects Cardrona’s commitment to sustainability, and their efforts to improve environmental, social, cultural and economic outcomes on this unique infrastructure asset. This project has set a few firsts:
The Excellent rating was emphasised by a few notable 'wins' on the project:
Key areas where the commitment to sustainability can be clearly seen in the project include:
Choice of chairlift replacement: Cardrona worked with suppliers to identify the optimal solution that would meet their current and future needs. The chairlift has been replaced with a combined chair and gondola lift that:
Proactive approach to reducing waste: The project included removing the old chairlift as well as constructing the replacement. Wherever possible, reuse opportunities for the old chairlift components were identified on-mountain, this included reusing the chairlift towers, stations, chairs, waste reinforcing steel, waste concrete from chairlift pads, and spoil not suitable for backfill elsewhere in the resort.
Ecological outcomes: The construction area and broader Alpine Resort is in a highly disturbed landscape. During the project some tussock grasses were removed and stored, and a further 3000 have been sourced, and will be planted over the coming season.
ISCA Board member and Tonkin + Taylor Principal Advisor Monique Cornish said, “The project is a great example of how sustainability can be implemented on such a unique piece of infrastructure. No project is too small, rural or niche; it’s the commitment and culture that counts. The project implemented an IS Rating voluntarily and the results have demonstrated that on relatively small capital spends, excellent outcomes are possible.”