Work drives ahead on former shipyard site

Work to breathe new life into a former shipyard has reached the end of the road.

Friday, 17th June 2016, 7:50 am
Lee Buchanan, Owen Pugh; Neil Hosie, Kier Construction; Rob Talbot, Kier Construction and Steve Marshall, Owen Pugh on site at Swan Hunter. Picture by Ian McClelland.

The Owen Pugh Group carried out a £980,000 contract to install a new central access road, drainage and retaining walls at the former Swan Hunter site as part of plans to develop the Swans Enterprise Zone.

Owen Pugh Civil Engineering secured the contract from Kier Group. Kier Property is North Tyneside Council’s development partner for the Swans Enterprise Zone, which will be an advanced manufacturing park for the subsea and offshore sector.

The construction of the access road includes drainage works, laying kerbs and bituminous surfacing and associated work has included the demolition of disused workshops and buildings.

Owen Pugh has also been responsible for site clearance to increase potential development areas.

Lee Buchanan, operations manager at Owen Pugh Civil Engineering, said: “We are delighted to have been involved in this project to breathe new life into the Swan Hunter site, which played a significant role in Tyneside’s shipbuilding and marine engineering heritage.

“The central road installation along with demolition work will help to open up new plots for development by businesses in the offshore and subsea sector.”

Neil Hosie, contracts manager, Kier Construction, said: “It’s been a pleasure working with Owen Pugh on the first phase of these works.

“Their hard work has helped to deliver the access road that will be vital to the site’s regeneration.”

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