Leighton Contractors has been recognised for environmental sustainability with three awards in six weeks at its Queensland construction sites and offices.

Leighton Contractors took out the Australian Business Award for Environmental Sustainability in its industry; the Premier’s Climate Smart Award for Industrial Eco-Efficiency; and an individual award for achievement in developing a sustainable environment from the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s (UDIA) Women in Development Awards.

"We have a carefully considered and implemented strategy, including our Green Office and Site Resource Efficiency Programs, the Sustainable Business Program and Greenhouse Gas Abatement Plan. Together these plans are delivering significant and measurable outcomes for us in water preservation, waste reduction and energy efficiency," says Darren Weir, general manager for Leighton Contractors' Northern Region.

The company was chosen from 26 entrants as winner of the Premier’s Climate Smart Award for Industrial Eco-Efficiency, while environmental sustainability co-ordinator, Samantha Hayes, won the individual UDIA award.

Leighton Contractors' buildings in Queensland include Square Office Park and HQ examples of completed buildings using technology to enable environmental excellence. Both buildings feature a range of technologies, including gas fired cogeneration plants to produce electricity and rainwater harvesting for toilet flushing and irrigation.

The company is also involved in the construction of three other projects which will target results in sustainability: One One One Eagle Street, Queensland University of Technology’s Science and Technology Precinct and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s accommodation project at Southbank.