Huge A63 upgrade scheme in Hull hailed for encouraging girls…

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Huge A63 upgrade scheme in Hull hailed for encouraging girls…

Huge A63 upgrade scheme in Hull hailed for encouraging girls to seek careers in engineering and construction
2022-08-09 12:56:00
The largest road scheme seen in Hull for decades is in the running for a national award aimed at encouraging women and girls to follow their dreams by pursuing careers in what have been traditionally male-dominated industries such engineering, manufacturing and construction. The £355m A63 improvement scheme in Castle Street is currently changing the face of the city centre. When completed in 2025, it will feature a completely re-designed main dual carriageway, an underpass and two new pedestrian bridges spanning Hull's busiest road. It is also being spearheaded by two women. Frances Oliver is the scheme's project manager for National Highways while Michaela Maunders is the customer lead for main contractor Balfour Beatty. Read more: Deliveroo driver attacked at Princes Quay by gang of youths Their involvement in the team delivering the huge project has led to it being shortlisted for this year's Inspiring Women in Construction and Engineering Awards in the category for excellence in outreach. In particular, the shortlisting recognises the project's work with schools in Hull and the surrounding area to encourage more girls to take up jobs in engineering. Frances said: “National Highways and Balfour Beatty have worked together to not only transform the city centre but also people’s futures by showing women and girls the opportunities they have in this sector. Like my colleagues, I am very passionate about showing females there are a variety of jobs for them in engineering and construction and that they can achieve anything they want to. We are proud that our work is being recognised in these awards..” National Highways' project manager for the A63 Castle Street scheme Frances Oliver speaking to students at the recent Women into Manufacturing and Engineering event at Hull's Guildhall (Image: National Highways) Michaela added: “We are delighted to have been nominated for this ye

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