Excellence of bypass construction recognised at awards
11 Jul 2017
The new Morpeth Northern Bypass has won two further industry awards - this time for excellence in construction.
At the Construction Excellence in the North East Awards the project was the winner in categories for both Digital Construction and Innovation.
Judges said that the team had demonstrated that the implementation of the digital construction process and associated technology had resulted in savings across the board. Three digital initiatives were highlighted in the award - state-of-the-art 3D utilities modelling, the use of construction simulations and an innovative paving system.
The Innovation win was in recognition of the paving system. Partners in the project had made a commitment to developing and delivering automated paving technology so that they could accurately record and monitor the consistent laying of asphalt. This meant that paving was laid in a way that reduced waste, increased efficiency and provided a better product with reduced maintenance. It also reduced health and safety risks and provided better value for money.
The £30 million bypass opened to traffic in April and is set to bring almost £50 million into the county’s economy over the coming decades. Forecasts suggest that over the coming years the scheme has the potential to trigger the creation of over 8,000 jobs locally
One of the largest current road projects in the region, the scheme will also cut congestion in Morpeth and reduce travel time and costs between the A1 and South East Northumberland.
The bypass was constructed by Carillion on behalf of Northumberland County Council and won the awards against competition from public and private sector building and civil engineering construction projects from across the North East.
Councillor Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for environment and local services at Northumberland County Council said: “These awards are further endorsement of the quality of work that has been done on this major transport improvement scheme. It is a real credit to everyone on the project team - including our own council staff, Carillion staff, and everyone involved in the scheme.”
Scott Beatttie, Carillion’s Morpeth Northern Bypass project manager, added: “Everyone at Carillion is incredibly proud to have won two honours at this awards ceremony, that is so prestigious within our industry.
"The Morpeth Northern Bypass was a groundbreaking project both literally and figuratively. From 4D modelling techniques to regular drone flights, developing processes to eliminate waste to coping with record rainfall, innovation and cutting edge technology was used across everything to make this pioneering project one of the safest and most collaborative we have ever completed.
“From the moment Northumberland County Council awarded Carillion this contract, we were determined to set a high bar for modern, efficient construction techniques and these awards are testament to the efforts of a truly motivated and focused team."
The project has attracted a string of awards - having previously been recognised with a Construction Computing Award, a BIG Diversity Challenge honour and a Gold in the Considerate Constructors national Scheme. The latter recognised ‘outstanding interaction’ with the local community and highlighted ‘exemplary’ presentation of all operational areas, which were described as being a credit ‘to the company (Carillion) and the industry.