Bypass is record project for firm

Martin Forster, General Manager of Owen Pugh Contracts, on site at the Morpeth Northern Bypass scheme. Picture by Ian McClelland.
Martin Forster, General Manager of Owen Pugh Contracts, on site at the Morpeth Northern Bypass scheme. Picture by Ian McClelland.

A Northumberland civil engineering company is digging into one of its largest ever projects as it helps to form the Morpeth Northern Bypass.

The Owen Pugh Group has been handed a £4.1million contract to undertake the earthworks for the £30million South East Northumberland Link Road scheme, which will connect the A1 to the Pegswood Bypass.

Projects of this size and scale are rare in the current climate.

Martin Forster, Owen Pugh Contracts General Manager.

It is the largest single project undertaken by the group’s Contracts’ team, and will see up to 30 staff on site at any one time, with an average of 15 items of equipment, including bulldozers and excavators, working for the duration of the task.

The Dudley-based group, which is working as a sub-contractor for Carillion, will be responsible for creating a temporary haul road and ‘cut and fill’ work to ensure the ground is transformed into the new design accurately and quickly.

Owen Pugh Contracts General Manager Martin Forster said: “The Morpeth Northern Bypass is an important infrastructure project for North East England.

“Projects of this size and scale are rare in the current climate and we are absolutely delighted to have been contracted by construction giants Carillion to undertake the earthworks part of the scheme.

“With a team of highly skilled operatives on board, and a commitment to investing in the latest plant and state-of-the-art technology, we’re well placed to deliver on a technically challenging scheme of this kind.”

The bypass will run from the Whorral Bank roundabout in Morpeth to the A1 between Fairmoor and Lancaster Park.

Carillion Senior Project Manager Dave Bennett said: “After undertaking Phase One of the scheme, which involved completing the detailed design working alongside AECOM and Northumberland County Council’s Highways Team, we’re delighted to see Owen Pugh making progress on site as it begins the earthworks project.”