We here at Walker Ellis Associates are certainly seeing a turn in the economy with some major contracts that we've been following for many years getting the green light. The Heysham to M6 Link Road is finally underway, Costain had an Early Contractor Involvement arrangement for the £124.5 million project and we've been commissioned to deliver imagery and survey data to the team.
We got involved early too, testing out our Unmanned Aerial Vehicle with Costain to see which benefits they wanted to make use of. We cover the project in a day capturing in excess of over 1100 photographs which we then stitch together to produce one seamless Orthomosiac which shows the whole 4km scheme. In addition to a high resolution up to date aerial photograph the survey team can also use the accompanying data with their GIS software
We were the first photography company to invest in this UAV technology and it's great to see one of the leading UK's construction companies utilising it on a major road building scheme. It will save the client considerable time and is a very efficient way of collecting data over a very large area.
The new road will see a dual carriageway constructed from the A589 between Morecambe and Lancaster to an upgraded Junction 34 on the M6. The project will include a new bridge over the River Lune. There will also be a footpath and cycleway along the entire route. The new road will provide better access for residents, businesses and tourists to the area.