Delivering the Project
Working in partnership, Carillion and Northumberland County Council continually strive to construct this vital bypass with regard to the environment, minimising disruption to the local community, managing the health and safety of both the workers and the public whilst delivering on time and on budget.
Drone Footage May 2015 – March 2017
Side by side: the beginning and the end of the Morpeth Northern Bypass
Drone Footage March 2017
Take a look at the progress made through March 2017.
Drone Footage January – February 2017
Work is progressing well on the Morpeth Northern Bypass. Take a look at the progress made over January and February 2017.
A View From the Skies
New technology in construction is constantly developing. Throughout the construction of the Morpeth Northern Bypass, cutting edge innovation will be used to keep people informed and updated. Aerial photography drones are being used to monitor progress every month. The site will be updated each month with the latest flyover image provided here.
St Leonard’s Time-lapse
Progress on St Leonard’s Bridge
One of the major milestones of the Morpeth Northern Bypass was the construction of the St Leonard’s underpass/bridge. One of the biggest and most technically challenging parts of the project is captured in timelapse videos here from June until December 2016.
Making Headway on the Highway
Road now extends the full length of the project except final sections. Great progress on St Leonard’s Bridge. Click here to view the progress this month.
Works are focused on St Leonards Bridge, with this and Fulbeck bridge structures progressing well. Click here to view the progress this month
Works have stepped up thanks to the dryer weather, with Fulbeck and Howburn structures started. Click here to view the progress this month
The A1 slip roads are nearing final formation and the last of the demolition works has been completed. Click here to view the progress this month
Work progresses and the road formation continues to take shape as the earthworks progress further, click here to view the progress this month
We started onsite with site clearance, erecting the site fencing pre-commencement ecological surveys and archaeological investigations
Big concrete pours on main structures at Fulbeck and St Leonards Bridge’s. Various sections now with asphalt. Click here to view the progress this month.
The dry weather has made all the difference, activities all across the site are progressing well. Click here to view the progress this month
Work has started on a number of major sections on the bypass including Fulbeck Bridge. Click here to view the progress this month
Work continues and the Cotting Burn culvert is completed marking a major milestone for the project. Click here to view the progress this month
Main excavation earthworks begin with cutting and filling of areas to form the shape of the road. Pre-earthworks drainage commenced, click here to view the progress this month
Work has started again after the Christmas shut down, the majority of structures are complete with Fulbeck finishing works ongoing. We’re at the final stage of the scheme, with a number of traffic management switches due soon, please keep up-to-date by monitoring our Traffic Updates page. Click here to view the progress this month.
Major progress on Fulbeck and St Leonard’s structures, with more areas prepped for future work. Click here to view the progress this month.
How Burn Culvert is now taking shape with sections put in place, drainage works continue. Click here to view the progress this month
Focus on protecting the site and surrounding area from heavy rainfall, work continues where possible. Click here to view the progress this month
Progress continues as the top half of the culvert is put in place. Major water main works are also completed, click here to view the progress this month
Late May early Earthworks to strip topsoil and install haul routes commenced and construction of main compounds started, click here to view the progress this month
Major milestones reached on A1 and at Fulbeck, A1 due to be back on mainline as roundabout works start. Click here to view the progress this month.
All areas progressing extremely well and a successful bridge beam lift for Fulbeck bridge. Click here to view the progress this month
Surfacing works have started on a major section, and work on How Burn and Fulbeck structures are underway. Click here to view the progress this month
Successful re-diversion of the strategic fibre optics alongside A1. Earthworks and drainage continues in the wet winter weather. Click here to view the progress this month
As work continues, the first main structure commences with the Cotting Burn culvert, click here to view the progress this month
Carried on with fencing – there was a lot to install, approximately 25km Watervole displacement and barn owl box installed whilst the archaeological investigations continued
A1 is being put back on mainline alignment and works starting on the roundabouts east and west of A1.
Constructing tie ins for new roundabout to existing A192.
Fulbeck retaining wall construction has started and will be complete by Christmas.
Landscaping works ongoing, street lighting and signs have been erected.
To provide more depth and detail to the progress report and also to track how close the project is to completion, the graphs below provide an indication of the percentage completed for each of the work zones.
St Leonard’s Junction
Cotting Burn to Fulbeck Bridge
How Burn to Whorral Bank
Using Innovation to Build Better Roads
Building Information Model (BIM)
The pace at which the construction industry moves is a fast moving industry where technology and innovation lend are essential to ensure building work is carried out efficiently and safely. Construction of the Morpeth Northern Bypass utilizes both 3D and 4D modelling. Project design work has utilised cutting-edge 3D software such as Autodesk Revit and Bentley OpenRoads, allowing:
- Better design review and coordination.
- Clash detection with other structures resolving issues prior to construction.
- Timely construction and hence cost savings.
St Leonard’s Bridge
4D is also used in both the planning and construction of the project.
- Unlike 3D, 4D allows us to visually build the project in real time.
- We now build the project twice, first in a virtual world and then again on site.
- Allowing us to see issues that will affect our construction program and resolve them before we even start out on site.
- We can import existing utilities that may cause a problem to construction such as water pipes, electric cables and fibre optic cables.
Below are examples of 4D modelling being utilised during both the planning stage and construction of the project.
As a working-site, it’s vital that our team has good access to the area, and that health and safety is always a priority. While work us underway, we may occasionally need to put in place temporary diversions, but it will always be our aim to keep disruption to a minimum. To make sure you are fully aware of any updates, stay up-to-date by checking our regular traffic updates below, or follow us on Twitter for live updates:
New road layout directionsread more
The final stages of work on the A1 and Morpeth Northern Bypass may result in delays over the Bank Holiday weekend.read more
With work on the Morpeth Northern Bypass drawing to a close, a few final road closures are required to complete work ahead of the official opening.read more