Under a £36m contract, the civils arm of Esh Construction is moving to start large-scale clearance and ground works in coming weeks and months.
This is the third of five phases on the Strategic Transport Corridor (SSTC 3) and sees the creation of a dual carriageway starting in Pallion which will run underneath the Queen Alexandra Bridge, into the city centre via Trimdon Street and incorporate a section of St Mary’s Boulevard.
Steve Conn, Divisional Director of Esh Civils, said: “We are extremely pleased to have been selected to construct the next phase of carriageway linking the Northern Spire Bridge and the city centre.”
The contract includes strategic utility upgrades and takes into account the land’s former use, geology and gradient which sees the construction of 2 kilometres of retaining structures.
Andy Radcliffe, Esh Group’s Chief Executive, added: “The award represents a strong start to 2019 and is a key milestone in Esh’s growth plan.”
“Sunderland Council’s decision to procure via NEPO ensures Social Value will be created as a result of the ongoing works, benefiting the local community, not only during the project but long after its completion.”