Lancashire's Bay Gateway named best project

The new link road is boosting the local economy
The new link road is boosting the local economy
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One year since its opening, Lancashire’s Bay Gateway has been named the 2017 Economic Infrastructure Project of the Year.

The project won the prestigious award at the British Construction Industry Awards 2017.

The official opening of the bypass  last year

The official opening of the bypass last year

The award recognises projects that are driving economic growth at a local, regional or national level through economic infrastructure.

The 4.8km, £140m Heysham bypass project was lauded for its impact on the local economy.

In addition to its broader boost to the local economy, forecast to be worth more than £4 for every £1 spent on its construction, the project was also praised for its specific impact during construction. More than 90 per cent of the workforce employed by the developer Costain lived locally, in an LA postcode, and they exceeded the target of getting 100 unemployed local people back into the workforce.

The local supply chain also benefitted, with 40 per cent of the construction spend invested within 25 miles of the site and more than 75 per cent within 100 miles of the project.

As the link road was announced, the Port of Heysham invested £10million in infrastructure. A further £5million was spent on further improvements.