The Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor Phase 3 (SSTC3) project, with a construction cost of £42.5million, comprises of a new 2.4km dual carriageway with associated shared use footway / cycleway and several retaining structures – providing a major infrastructure and multi-phase high quality transport link that will open up and link the regeneration of a number of significant city centre sites identified for development by Sunderland City Council (SCC). The SSTC programme was split into
several phases with the and aim of regenerating the city in line with the Council’s City Plan, creating a vibrant, dynamic, and healthy city.
By collaboratively working together, the project team developed the client’s design and various contractor design solutions from concept to execution, value engineering where possible, which is a perfect example of best practice implementation of NEC contracting. This joint up thinking approach allowed flexible adaptation of the design during the project particularly when considering the land’s former use as a redundant shipyard and historical backfilled quarry, its geology and gradients to include the construction of 1.2 miles of retaining structures that retain a 20m height enabling the route to thread through the existing topography.
Three Winning Facts:
- The programme was completed on time and to budget throughout a global pandemic, due to the efforts of all parties collaboratively working together.
- Local Procurement & Employment – 60% of scheme spend and 55% of the scheme’s employment was from the Sunderland area.
- Local supply chain final spend was £26million.