£15m boost for contractor’s civil engineering division in Yorkshire

North of England contractor, Esh Construction, has secured £15m worth of new civil engineering contracts as it continues to target growth in the Yorkshire region.

Public realm, highways, infrastructure and enabling works are among the projects secured since the start of the year.

The first to get underway are the A61 and A635 active travel schemes which are being delivered on behalf of Barnsley Council.

Located across four sites, the projects will provide improved off-road safe cycle routes while creating enhanced links to key routes and residential areas, promoting walking and cycling across the town.

Multiple projects have been secured through the YORcivil2 framework, with Esh recently starting work on a cycle lane project known as Wellgate and Broom Road on behalf of Rotherham Council.

It will include 0.7km of cycleway construction, along with associated works at junctions, signal-controlled crossings, drainage works and resurfacing.

Another contract, worth more than £6m, will deliver cycleway and bus lane facilities to promote active travel into Rotherham town centre and is due to start in June.

These projects combined will see Esh deliver highway realignment works on more than 12km of roads across the South Yorkshire region, including the installation of four roundabouts and six signalised crossings.

Steven Garrigan took the helm as divisional director for Esh’s civil engineering division in 2022.

Steven Garrigan

He said: “The strong start to 2023 in the Yorkshire and Humber region follows several director and senior-level promotions which were made in the division to drive forward organic growth plans.

“As a result, we have seen the pipeline double from the same time last year which has enabled us to double the delivery team in the region.

“These recent awards represent a number of repeat contracts with established clients which builds on the success of previously delivered schemes and is testament to the hard work of our delivery team and sub-contractors.”

Other work includes early contractor involvement work for a design and build contract on Rotherham’s Riverside Residential Quarter.

Site investigations have begun as part of the design phase which includes Esh working with the Environment Agency due to the site being located next to the river Don.

Two repair projects for East Riding of Yorkshire Council on Bubwith Bridge and Stamford Bridge will start in the summer. Both bridges are listed structures and span the River Derwent.

Esh Construction is appointed to YORhub’s YORcivil2 framework for projects worth up to £10m.

Since securing a place on the framework in 2017, Esh has secured more than £26.7m of projects procured through YORcivil2, including the M181 Northern Junction in Scunthorpe for North Lincolnshire Council, public realm schemes surrounding Bridlington’s Gypsey Race watercourse for East Riding of Yorkshire Council, and flood alleviation schemes in Cottingham, Whitby and Filey.

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