Metro station canopies and multi-story parking façades recently completed as part of the Sydney Metro Northwest project have been constructed with 100 per cent responsibly sourced timber, according to certification body SCS Global Services (SCS).
The wood used at seven stations has been certified by SCS under Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and Responsible Wood (RW) Chain of Custody Project Standards, and one additional station has been certified with a Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Partial Project Certificate.
Additionally, the timber used on four multi-story parking structures, with space for more than 4,000 vehicles, has also been certified as responsibly sourced under the PEFC and RW Project Standards.
The Sydney Metro Northwest project is the first project of its kind to earn a responsible timber project certification. Transit operations commenced within the system on May 26, 2019.
The principal contractors, John Holland and CPB Contractors as part of the Northwest Rapid Transit Consortium’s Infrastructure Joint Venture, sourced timber from FSC and Responsible Wood certified forests in New South Wales. They also tracked the material through the primary saw mills and timber wholesalers to the fabricators and installers of the timber batten ceilings and façades: Brighton Ceilings Pty Ltd and Foxville Projects Group (NSW) Pty Ltd.
SCS Global Services conducted the certification assessments under the PEFC/RW and FSC standards. Independent, third-party certification ensures that timber comes from responsibly managed forests, and that transparency has been maintained throughout the supply chain. Since the first FSC project in Australia in 2010, SCS has certified all FSC and or PEFC/RW projects in Australia.