A650 Bingley Relief Road

  • One of the most technically challenging highway projects in the UK.
  • 5km dual carriageway required 26 structures, including a cable-stayed footbridge.
  • First civil engineering project to win the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award (British Construction Industry Award) .

For over 20 years, around 36,000 vehicles a day travelling through Bingley brought the town centre to a near standstill. To relieve this congestion, Arup designed one of the most technically challenging highway projects in the UK.

The 5km dual two-lane carriageway required 26 structures - including two viaducts, a cable-stayed footbridge and extensive soil-nailed retaining walls. The road followed a route through a tightly constrained corridor containing a river, canal and railway. It also had to cross two peat bogs, one of which is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Arup's work on the project included bridge, alignment, pavement, and drainage design. The firm also provided hydrological assessment, geotechnical engineering, ecological studies and environmental management. Arup's specialists advised on land remediation, provided site certification and supervised the construction.

Sensitive construction techniques minimised the environmental impact of the project, which opened three months ahead of schedule. The new road has significantly reduced traffic congestion in Bingley, providing the basis for the regeneration of the town.

In 2004, the project won the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award at the British Construction industry's annual awards ceremony. It was the first time that a civil engineering project had won the award.

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  • Bingley Relief Road UK. Credit Paul White Photography

    Sensitive construction techniques minimised the environmental impact of the project, which opened three months ahead of schedule.

  • Bingley Relief Road UK. Credit Paul White Photography

    One of the most technically challenging highway projects in the UK.