A689 Crook Bypass

Project team:

Construction: Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Limited
Client and Designers: Durham County Council

As part of the Balfour Beatty led Durham Strategic Alliance, the 1km-long £1.5million A689 Crook By-Pass was a 35-week contract located to the west of Crook Town centre. The new road eases congestion on the A689.

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Site operations started at the turn of 2004. Construction works consisted of bulk earthworks, a culvert extension, demolition of a building containing asbestos materials, accommodation works for adjacent owners, road re-alignments, street lighting and a new roundabout on West Road.

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The Wear Valley local authority and the Environment Agency were closely involved in the construction process, as the works are located adjacent to residential areas, an industrial estate and a beck.

Due to the close proximity of the works to Crook Town Centre, effective public liaison was a priority on this project. A regular newsletter was produced and communicated to local residents and other stakeholders.

13-3_crookThe project was assessed as a Construction-only Award under CEEQUAL and achieved a ‘Very Good’ award in summer 2006