Project Description

FP McCann’s Large Diameter Precast Concrete Pipes Play A Major Role In A North East Highways Project

Status: Completed

Location: North Tyneside

Division: Drainage & Water Management

Main Contractor: John Sisk & Son

Market Sector: Transport


FP McCann has supplied nearly one kilometre of large diameter reinforced precast concrete pipes, plus associated precast products for the main drainage works on a major £75million highways england (he) scheme, which is nearing completion in North Tyneside.

The main contractor on the HE contract, John Sisk & Son has employed the services of award-winning Hartlepool-based Seymour Civil Engineering, specialists in drainage and large water management projects to install the £8million drainage package.

Included in the main highway and land drainage scheme is precast kerb drainage in association with both open-cut pipework and over 400 metres of trenchless crossings. Using the shaft sinking and micro-tunnelling process where pipes are hydraulically jacked along the length immediately behind the tunnel boring machine (TBM), FP McCann supplied 58 linear metres of DN600 jacking pipe and 370 metres of DN1200 jacking pipe to the project from its Alnwick depot.

As well as spigot, socket and rocker pipe sizes ranging from DN450 up to DN1800 in diameter, FP McCann has also supplied all the manhole access chambers from DN1050 up to DN3000 complete with associated cover slabs. Additionally, two 4.5 metres diameter and one 6.0 metres diameter shaft cover slabs were supplied.

During the project, Seymour Civil Engineering earned the title “Supply Chain Partner of the Year – Civils UK Award” at the John Sisk & Son supply chain awards ceremony, with

particular reference to the quality of the company’s work and their collaborative approach with Sisk and other construction partners on the scheme.

Speaking on behalf of Seymour Civil Engineering, Ryan Browell Contracts Manager says, “Working alongside the extensive traffic management scheme was a challenge throughout. Our precast concrete drainage partner FP McCann played a huge part in the successful delivery of the works by providing a consistent flow of pipes and manhole chamber rings onto the site on a just-in-time delivery basis. This is one of the largest highway schemes we have worked on and those in our supply chain, including FP McCann, have ensured the successful delivery of the overall project to Highways England.”

For more information on FP McCann’s Drainage Solutions contact the team at Ellistown (England/Wales) on 01530 240000 or Knockloughrim (Scotland/NI) on 028 7954 9026 or email