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Divisional Roads Manager Deirde Mackle leads the project team and invited guests in opening the Road

The new £55 million A26 Frosses dual-carriageway from Glarryford to A44 Drones has opened today.

The new 8 kilometre road, which is used by 18,000 motorists daily, includes a new roundabout at the Drones Road and three flyover junctions.

Speaking at the opening ceremony today, Divisional Roads Manager Deidre Mackle said: “This road scheme will have a significant impact on the 18,000 motorists who use the road daily, halving journey times during peak periods, removing traffic queues, reducing driver frustration and improving safety on the route.

Russell delivering the presentation to Pentagon Probus Club

BamMcCann JV were please to welcome the Pentagon Probus Club to the A26 Site Office on Monday 5th December. Project Manager Russell Eddis gave a presentation on the project covering project aims, earthworks, environment, and structures. Chris McCann and Russell then answered questions in relation to the project and the presentation, the variety of which reflected the diverse business backrounds of those in attendance.

St Brigids Primary School

Monday 28th November, BamMcCann JV representative Rebecca went to St Brigids Primary School in Cloughmills. Rebecca gave two presentations, one to Primary 1-4 and another to Primary 5-7 covering the project, animal protection and accommodation measures, machinery, Health and Safety and Archaeology. Both presentations were followed by some in depth questions from planning to project completion, bridges, machinery and local animal protection measures.

Acting Principal Ms Stewart with the P7 Class and Rebecca Henderson

On Tuesday 15th November Rebecca Henderson gave presentations to the students about the A26 Project. Primary 1,2, and 4 learnt about the project, features for native animals, machinery and safety. The second presentation to Primary 5,6, and 7 had additional information in regards to archaeology. A warm welcome was received from the Acting Principal Mrs Stewart, the teachers and all the pupils, with each presentation ending with an enthusiastic and probing question and answer session covering all aspects of the project.

Queens University 4th year Engineers with Dr David Hester and Paul McGettigan

On Friday 11th November we welcomed 4th year Engineering students from Queens University Belfast who are currently studying Structural Engineering. Dr David Hester and the students were welcomed to the site and were given a presentation on the structures on the A26 and the work, techniques and quantities involved in there construction. Paul McGettigan the Senior Engineer who had given the presentation on behalf of the BamMcCann JV, then took them out onto the A26 site to see a couple of the structures first hand.

Queens University 2nd year Civil Engineering students

On Wednesday 9th November we welcomed 2nd year Queens University Belfast Civil Engineering Students to the A26 Site along with Dr David Hughes. William Diver, Contract Manager, gave them a presentation giving an overview of the site before taking them on a tour along the site.

Bam McCann JV was welcomed into Cloughmills Primary school on Friday 14th October to give a talk to two age groups in regards to the A26 Project which is local to the school. The presentation was well received by the pupils and teachers who all listened intently. This was demonstrated by some probing questions afterward on the project covering topics ranging from planning stage through to who would open the new section of the A26 and the naming of the structures.

Wind Turbine Hub passing through Glarryford Junction

Energia Renewables was receiving delivery of its new wind turbines for the Long Mountain Wind Farm at Rasharkin during August and September 2016. The size of these parts necessitated a series of 'abnormal load' deliveries over a period of weeks through the Glarryford Junction using the onslip which is not currently operational. Traffic Management arrangements were put in place which allowed the deliveries to pass through the Glarryford Junction unhindered.

Bridge deck pour Glarryford Junction Overbridge

The bridge deck was poured this week on the Glarryford Junction Overbridge. The deck pour on Thursday 25th August was the final bridge deck pour on the site with the three others completed earlier this year, and represents a significant milestone for the project. Works will now commence on the string course (decorative horizontal band on the exterior of the structure).

Cross and Passion College Students at Glarryford Junction

The Bam McCann JV site team welcomed students from Cross and Passion College in Ballycastle for a site visit. The students are currently in year 11 and studying for a GCSE in Construction and the Built Environment and were accompanied by their course tutor and course technician. They received a presentation from the Project Manager giving an overview of the project aims and the types of work involved to achieve those aims. This was followed by a tour around the A26 site led by the Senior Site Engineer and assisted by the Structures Engineer

Bam McCann JV sponsored kit bags

Bam McCann JV is pleased to be supporting our local mini rugby club, by sponsoring the purchase of new players kit bags for the P7 team, end of season tour to Melrose. The boys set off in April for a 3 day tour of the Scottish borders which included a visit to the famous Melrose 7s tournament, and mini matches against Kelso, Langholme, Peebles, and Selkirk.

Belfast Met offers a wide-ranging selection of full and part time further and higher education courses including a Civil Engineering Foundation Degree. On 24th February Bam McCann JV welcomed a group of 2nd year Foundation degree students to the A26 site for a tour of the site. Jack Curley the Construction Manager took them round to 4 areas of the site and explained the works in each area and answered questions from the students.

Evie Armstrong and Site Engineer Daniel Dempster

Bam McCann JV supported a local school, Coleraine Grammar School, by offering site experience to Evie Armstrong an A-level student who was placed onsite within their engineering team. The prospective civil engineering student experienced how work is set out on the site and seen how the different aspects of a road construction scheme develops. Evie shadowed our engineers as they carried out a range of engineering duties in a week of mixed weather in January. Bam McCann JV endeavours to support the communities within which we work through knowledge sharing with education establishments.

Ballymena Academy Crest

Bam McCann JV supported, Ballymena Academy, a school local to the project by offering site experience to an A-level student Andrew Hogg who was placed onsite within their engineering team. The prospective civil engineering student experienced the work setup within the site and seen how the different aspects of a road construction scheme develops during his days with the Bam McCann JV team. Andrew shadowed our engineers as they carried out a range of engineering duties.

Student Engineer Seamus Sands, Aine Magill and Site Engineer Daniel Dempster

Bam McCann JV supported a local school, St Patrick’s College Ballymena, by offering site experience to Aine Magill an A-level student who was placed onsite within their engineering team. The prospective civil engineering student who was with us for a week in October experienced how site work is set up and seen how the different aspects of a road construction scheme develops. Aine shadowed our engineers as they carried out a range of engineering duties. Bam McCann JV endeavours to support the communities within which we work through knowledge sharing with education establishments.