Sustainability

The Morpeth Northern Bypass will create lasting benefits to the road infrastructure, but we also want it to make a positive contribution to local communities, protect and enhance our environment, and support the economy through local employment and supply chain. We want to deliver this at the same time as keeping everyone safe.

Our Community

We believe it is important to give back to the local community by working in collaboration to improve the social and economic wellbeing of the area. These collaborations will be through community initiatives and both job creation and career support for individuals aspiring to join the construction industry.

You can keep up to date with everything that we are doing and have already done by clicking here. You can also get up-to-the-minute updates on Twitter, or regular news about how the project is progressing by signing up to our newsletter or visiting our News page.

Community Initiatives

We will work closely with local schools, charities, universities and community groups to share knowledge and unique experiences throughout this project. From the construction of bee hotels with school pupils and university site visits to organised cycling tours with our project partner Sustrans, and an evening of bat-watching, all of the details about the things we are doing to ensure this is a sustainable project that delivers community benefits can be found here.

Creating Jobs

It is important to us that this project delivers long-term benefits to the Morpeth area – benefits that go beyond just road improvements. We are committed to developing tomorrow’s workforce and building career paths for local people.

This is how we are doing it:

  • Supporting local universities with site visits and educational presentations
  • Taking on work placement people working alongside the team
  • Taking on summer placement students to further their studies
  • Employing local people
  • Buying local goods and services
  • Recruited six apprentices from the local area who will receive onsite and classroom training

Our Environment

We will work closely with our customers, suppliers and the community to ensure waste is minimised, the use of water is managed carefully and all raw materials are used to maximum effect, protecting the natural environment throughout the duration of the Morpeth Northern Bypass work.

Bird/Bat of the Month

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Ecology

The protection and conservation of Northumberland’s unique wildlife and ecology is key to the success of the Morpeth Northern Bypass project.

While the majority of land affected by the bypass is agricultural, we will be working closely with Northumberland Wildlife Trust and community groups to ensure that no animals, flora or fauna is impacted by our work. Where the bypass crosses the How Burn and Cotting Burn, we will construct new arch bridges to allow deer, otters and badgers to pass freely under the road. A variety of species of bird and bat have been recorded in the vicinity.

Extensive tree, shrub and hedgerow planting will take place along the bypass, with the species selected to increase the biodiversity of the area. The route has been specifically chosen to skirt the northern edge of the wood which is located on the steep bank sides of the How Burn; a tributary of the River Wansbeck.

In conjunction with our local ecologist, Econorth, we review our works to ensure we protect our local ecology and where possible enhance the area. Econorth undertake regular surveys to make sure they understand where our friendly animals are so that we can protect them. They also supervise our works to ensure any potential issues are resolved effectively and immediately. Econorth are local to the area and are part of the Northumberland Wildlife Trust so they have a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Here’s how we’re looking out for wildlife that may be impacted by this project:

Badgers

My den is protected but it is away from the site. The ecologist visits me every now and then to make sure I’m okay.

Smooth Newts/Amphibians

We aren’t protected but we have new homes after being discovered onsite.

Bats

We’re also protected and have new roosts near to site. Site have also kept our flight path in place for our night time flying.

Otters

The site team haven’t seen us but the team are planning to build us a home if we do turn up.

Birds

We’ve done a lot of nesting onsite both in the hedges and trees but the ecologist has found us and kept us safe.

Water Shrew

I have been newly discovered onsite, I can swim and have a poisonous bite! I have been carefully persuaded to move to safe areas while works are taking place and I seem quite happy as the ecologist keeps finding me.

Barn Owl

The site team have provided us with a couple of new homes.

Waste

With increasing pressure on landfill space we want to divert waste from landfill and where possible eliminate generating waste in the first instance as promoted in the waste hierarchy. We will be continuously reviewing our works to identify ways to eliminate, reuse and recycle our waste. Some of the measures around waste include:

  • Reusing all of the material excavated in the final design of the road.
  • Reuse of site won materials for ecological enhancements.
  • Reuse of timber through the Community Wood Recycling Scheme.
  • Recycling majority of our office waste.
  • Recycling majority of our construction waste.
  • Waste to energy for any waste that can’t be reused or recycled.

Your Safety

The safety of everyone who enters the site remains paramount throughout the construction period. Workers and visitors are made aware of all potential onsite hazards. We are working tirelessly with community groups to ensure that children understand construction sites are not playgrounds and are full of potential dangers.

We are an associate member of Considerate Constructors Scheme who use Ivor Goodsite to communicate vital safety issues onsite to people of all ages. Log on now with your children to see interactive games and more information about safety on construction sites. http://www.ivorgoodsite.org.uk/

A building site is full of hazards such as:

  • deep holes that young people could fall in
  • ponds present a real risk of drowning
  • stacked materials that are heavy
  • scaffolding which can be high
  • hazardous materials which can be poisonous
  • gas canisters
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