East Leeds Orbital Route

MSF has successfully delivered the street lighting, signage and technology packages for the East Leeds Orbital Route (ELOR), totalling £4m in value.
This project is a key part of the East Leeds Extension which aims to create a major strategic growth area for the city. At the heart of the scheme is a drive to deliver positive social impacts for the area, and MSF is particularly proud of its contribution to this agenda through the creation of local skills and employment opportunities, along with a significant improvement to the project’s overall sustainability.
Targets for the wider project included a minimum of 60% local labour, the creation of 26 jobs and 16 apprenticeships, along with a target to divert 95% of waste from landfill.
  • Client
    Balfour Beatty
  • Value
  • Duration
    12 months
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Local Employment & Skills Opportunities

Local Labour

MSF’s on-site team included 23 operatives and supervisors, one Project Manager and one Quantity Surveyor. 80% of this team live within a 25 mile radius of the site.

Job Creation

As a result of this project, 10 permanent positions have been created at MSF including:
1 x Project Manager
2 x Supervisors
4 x Operatives
1 x Electrician
1 x Apprentice Electrician
1 x Apprentice Quantity Surveyor


Of the 10 new recruits, four individuals are undertaking apprenticeships in various subjects including Electrical, Civil Engineering, Construction & the Built Environment and Quantity Surveying.

Enhancing Local Enviornments & Sustainability

Local Labour reduces carbon emissions

Travel to and from site makes a significant contribution to a projects’ overall carbon footprint. By employing 80% local labour, we’ve slashed our collective mileage by 317,500 miles, saving a whopping 127 tonnes of CO2, which is equivalent to heating 47 average UK households for one year.

Steel vs Aluminium

The project included the installation of 718 lamp columns and signposts. Having reviewed the original design, MSF opted to use passively safe aluminium columns sign posts instead of steel which resulted in a 66% reduction in weight of the materials required, dramatically reducing material deliveries to site.
Furthermore, with over 75% of the 1 billion tons of aluminium produced in the last 100 years still in use today, aluminium is known as the most recyclable industrial material on the planet. It can be recycled infinitely to produce the same product and the recycling process saves 95% of the energy used in its production from raw materials.
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Value Engineering – Concrete

The foundations on the original design were intended for use with steel columns and posts so when the team opted to use aluminium, which is 65% lighter, they were also able to redesign the foundations, saving almost 10m3 of concrete.
Concrete is one of the construction industry’s largest contributors to carbon emissions – production of one tonne of Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC), which is used to bind concrete, causes the release of almost one tonne of CO2. Around 4 billion tonnes of OPC are manufactured globally each year, accounting for 8-10% of global greenhouse gas emissions, twice as much as aviation.
By simply redesigning the foundations, the team saved 10 tonnes of CO2, and whilst this is a relatively small saving, it highlights MSF’s commitment to carbon reduction and demonstrates that marginal savings could have a significant impact on our overall carbon footprint in the future.