SSTC3 wins CIHT project of the year

Sunderland City Council’s SSTC3 project has been named Project of the Year in the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) Project of the Year 2020/21 for North East and Cumbria.

The project, which forms the third phase of the Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor (SSTC) project, was recognised for its collaborative efforts to manage the scheme throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is being delivered by Esh Construction’s civil engineering division, Esh Civils, on behalf of Sunderland City Council. It will create a new 2.5km uninterrupted dual carriageway which begins at the southern end of the Northern Spire and continues through the former Pallion Shipyard, underneath the Queen Alexandra Bridge, into Deptford Terrace and onto Riverside Sunderland. 

The project was able to go ahead as planned throughout lockdown, and quieter traffic flows allowed 40% of the work to be completed three months ahead of schedule.

On selecting SSTC3 as Project of the Year, the CIHT judges said: “SSTC3 is a well-executed project constructed along a complex route with a variety of challenges. Excellent reuse of materials on site saving on the schemes carbon footprint and exemplar demonstration of community engagement and social value in action.”

Councillor Graeme Miller, Leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “This award is a massive achievement for everyone involved. SSTC3 is an important project for Sunderland, and a key infrastructure investment for the council, providing access to Sunderland City Centre for our communities and aiding community wealth.

“Despite lockdown restrictions, this project has safely progressed ahead of schedule, which is testament to the project team’s determination. I am delighted to see the team recognised with this prestigious award.” 

The scheme remains on track to be completed in Autumn 2021 with the next phase of work concentrating on the westbound area, between Hylton Roundabout and the former Simpson Street area.