The works, which started in February 2019 on the 150-hectare International Advanced Manufacturing Park at Washington, have been delivered by Durham-based Esh’s civil engineering division.
One of the largest live schemes in the country, it spans 370-acres and is expected to create more than 7,000 new jobs over the next 10 to 15 years.
The £8.4m contract involved the construction of a 1,500-metre highway with two access points along with the installation of pathways, kerbing, traffic signals, associated telecoms and utilities.
Bulk earthworks, drainage, landscaping, and environmental mitigation works were also carried out, with four attenuation ponds and a substation engineered platform being created.
Esh Construction executive director Steve Wilkie said: “IAMP is a huge investment by two local authorities which will deliver a world-class destination for advanced manufacturing and create thousands of jobs for the region.
“As a contractor based in the region, we strive to protect the ‘local pound’ and deliver economic benefit for our clients and their communities. For us to deliver the infrastructure works for this development is testament to our trusted, experienced and dedicated staff.”
IAMP is situated to the north of the Nissan Motor Manufacturing plant, adjacent to the A19 and with excellent links to the A1(M).
The project is a joint venture between Sunderland City Council and South Tyneside Council, with Henry Boots Developments (HBD) appointed as development partner.
HBD director Tom Wheldon said: “IAMP is a shovel-ready site, offering bespoke, world-class facilities for advanced manufacturing and engineering businesses across a range of industries.
“IAMP is a nationally significant manufacturing scheme – one of the largest live sites in the UK – with an important role to play in the delivery of the Industrial Strategy.
“It has never been more important to provide businesses with the facilities, power capabilities and local skills base to encourage innovation and development.
“We’ve been encouraged by the interest we’ve seen from both UK and international businesses in recent months and look forward to welcoming new occupiers to the site as development work at IAMP progresses.”