The team worked effectively, showing real passion for the success of the project, and showed ad detailed knowledge and understanding of Network Rail and their decision-making pathways. (Project: CHP Feasibility Study for Manchester Piccadilly Station)

Amy Beasley & Julian Packer
Technical Project Manager & Low Carbon Director, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

“Azhar is a highly enthusiastic and motivated consultant for Network Rail. His work in the environmental field for the Birmingham Gateway project has been world class. I would not hesitate to recommend him as a very hard working innovator who can take extremely complex schemes from inception to conclusion.”

Mick Miller
Senior Sponser, Network Rail

“It has been great working with Azhar on the Birmingham Gateway project and its sustainability aims. He is always open to ideas and also comes forward with other exciting options to make Gateway work in a greener way. He is a great team worker”

Sandy Taylor
Head Of Climate Change and Environment, Birmingham City Council

“Having worked with Azhar for over 3 years on the Birmingham Gateway Project I’m continually impressed by the combination of drive, technical expertise, professionalism and enthusiasm. It’s a powerful combination that any business or project would benefit from’.”

Malcolm Pitt
Route Stations Manager, Network Rail

Azhar is one in a million. He’s the chap who really does make a difference.
Qsustain leads the environmental challenge on one of the country’s largest stations His role is to identify various methods of reducing our impact upon the environment, and then implementing the initiatives. The great thing about Azhar is that he really cares about you and me.

Statistics are often used indiscriminately but in his case it demonstrates delivery.

He initiated the first BREEAM rated ‘Excellent’ accredited rail station, led delivery of the first Combined Heat & Power (CHP) plant used in a Network Rail station generating energy cost savings circa 10%. His commitment to delivering Birmingham’s new Living Green Wall, the first new city centre green area in over twenty years cannot be ignored.

Other simpler initiatives included recycling in excess of 20,000 tonne (98%) of insitu concrete and protecting and monitoring an underground aquifer. Some were much quirkier, such as the use of carpet tiles with the yarn made from recycled fishing nets!

Network Rail recognised the fine work undertaken on the project and incorporated his initiatives within its sustainability roll out programme.

Qsustain and Network Rail’s contribution to the environment was recently recognised by the local business community through the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce where Birmingham Gateway picked up the award for ‘Excellence in Sustainability’. Birmingham is Europe’s largest municipal council. The judges said NR had pushed the boundaries in low carbon technology and sustainability despite developing one of the countries busiest and most complex stations.

When people are passionate and care about something, you get taken along. With Azhar the journey is both satisfying and enjoyable. Challenging yes, but when you’re changing the way we live it’s only what you’d expect

Tim Jones
Commercial Director, Network Rail