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Yorkshire and Humber 2010: The Smeaton Award for Excellence

New for this year, the Smeaton Award is for projects designed or constructed by firms based in the Yorkshire & Humber region, but not actually built in the region


A590 High & Low Newton Bypass

A590 High and Low Newton Bypass

The A590 High and Low Newton scheme provides a bypass to the Lake District communities of High Newton, Low Newton and Ayside, which had been blighted by a trunk road carrying 16,000 vehicles a day, resulting in accident rates three times above he national average. The bypass has removed 90% of this traffic.

The £35.3M project comprised the design and construction of 3.8km of dual carriageway, four box underpasses and a threespan semi-integral overbridge. With the bypass located wholly within the Lake District National Park, environmental factors were key.

The main challenge faced was to design and safely construct a scheme to current standards while honouring commitments made at the scheme’s public inquiry - some 15 years previously.

Solutions adopted including carefully designing earthworks to minimise visual impact and scarring, landscape integration by using 8.4km of dry stone walling, use of non-intrusive drainage systems profiled to a channel shape using local stone, and the creation of bat guidance systems.

Originator Highways Agency

Designer Pell Frischmann Contractor Laing O’Rourke Infrastructure



M62 Junction 6 Improvements

M62 Junction 6 improvements

M62 Junction 6 improvements

This £38M scheme provides two new free-flow links to increase capacity at the junction, bypassing a roundabout interchange that saw heavy congestion during peak periods. A total of 4km of new carriageway has been constructed in addition to four bridges, one underpass, seven portal gantries and the refurbishment of an existing disused railway bridge.

Originator Highways Agency

Designer Pell Frischmann

Contractor Laing O’Rourke



East Riding flooding report

East Riding flooding report

This unusual project was to investigate and analyse the cause of flooding in June 2007 across the East Riding of Yorkshire, to advise the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Flood Review Panel and to provide expert opinion at public meetings.

Originators East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Hedon Town Council, Pocklington Town Council, Shiptonthorpe Parish Council, Nunburnholme with Kilnwick Percy Parish Council, Lissett and Ulrome Parish Council

Consultant Peter Kite Associates

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