The Morpeth Northern Bypass is a project being carried out by Carillion on behalf of Northumberland County Council. The overall scheme is approximately £30million, of which, Carillion have now subcontracted almost £4.5million of this to Owen Pugh, making this one of Owen Pugh’s largest projects in their 70 year history.
The project itself is a 3.8km stretch of bypass, which runs from the A1, all the way across to Pegswood Moor. This construction will be a single carriageway and will include a pedestrian and cycle route alongside. On the A1 itself, slip roads are to be constructed and an underpass built, which will make for a more effective access and egress onto the A1.
The Morpeth Northern Bypass incorporates five main structures: the underpass under the A1; two bridges at Cotting Burn and Fullbeck; and two culverts at Howburn and Pegswood Moor. The scheme also includes four roundabouts and connects to an existing roundabout at Whorral Bank; two roundabouts will be constructed at Northgate and another at St. George’s. Morpeth’s beautiful natural environment, four ponds have also been included within the works as well as a landscaped area.
Due to the large amounts of bulk earthworks that this construction requires, Owen Pugh has invested in some brand new Trimble ready plant to add to their fleet. This includes two Komatsu 360s, two Komatsu D65′s and two Komatsu D61′s. The use of the GPS software has helped to excel our productivity, making the excavation work easier and more precise.