Link Road Recognition

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13 October 2015

Just over halfway through the project, the Heysham to M6 Link Road in Lancashire is already winning prizes for Costain.

It took top place in one category and was highly commended in another at the ninth Northwest Regional Construction Awards in Manchester. More than 400 guests converged on the city’s Palace Hotel to learn which projects in the region had impressed the judges.

Organised by the Centre for Construction Innovation at the University of Salford and hosted by the university, The Centre for Construction Innovation and Constructing Excellence, the evening saw the new road win both the 'Lancashire sub-regional project of the year' and be highly commended in the 'Sustainability Award' category.

Costain is creating the new road for client Lancashire County Council. The £124.5 million project will see dual carriageway constructed from the A589 between Morecambe and Lancaster to an upgraded Junction 34 on the M6.

Due to be completed in summer 2016, it will help speed the flow of traffic from the port of Heysham on to the UK’s motorway network and also help to cut congestion in the city of Lancaster and the surrounding area.

It took the sub-regional project of the year award for overall excellence; Costain is collaborating with Lafarge,Tarmac and Jacobs on the job.

It also collaborated with Lafarge Tarmac on the second category for which it received recognition, the ‘Sustainability Award – Our Legacy’.

Explaining the ‘highly commended’ award, the judges said they were “particularly impressed with this entry due to the strong use of evidence and clear commitment to driving improvement in the efficient and environmental use of materials and driving down carbon dioxide emissions”.

The evening also saw more than £2000 raised for the Construction Youth Trust charity, which will go towards helping young people receive training and support to follow career paths within the construction industry.

“We’re delighted to receive this recognition for the team’s efforts to date,” said Project Director, Andy Langley. “Awards aren’t critical, but it’s always nice when your peers acknowledge what you’ve done.”


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