Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today announces that it has successfully completed works to the £28.5 million Dundee railway station, on behalf of Dundee City Council.
Balfour Beatty utilised its extensive experience in the construction of complex projects on a live, operational railway, to deliver a new station and concourse, hotel development and associated retail facilities with minimal disruption to train services.
As part of the works, Balfour Beatty erected a 2600 tonne steel frame with another 500 tonnes of metal bridge beams, the longest of which was 38.5 meters. Balfour Beatty’s workforce worked through the night to support the build and installation, ensuring minimal disruption to the rail interface and travelling public.
The new railway station forms a part of Dundee City Council’s regeneration programme, aiming to create a strong and sustainable city economy that will raise the quality of life and improve the local environment.
Hector MacAulay, Managing Director of Balfour Beatty’s regional business in Scotland and Ireland, said: “The completion of the new railway station and hotel marks a significant milestone in the exciting regeneration of Dundee.
“At project outset, we committed to making a real and sustainable contribution to the local economy and have worked closely with the Council to generate 58 local employment opportunities and 10 apprenticeship positions, with 100% of local applicants guaranteed an interview.
“We look forward to furthering our relationship with Dundee City Council as the transformation of Dundee continues.”
Joe FitzPatrick, Minister for Public Health and Sport said “The revitalised Dundee Station creates a gateway to the city and is an excellent example of how the industry can work in partnership with the public and private sector to deliver to wider regeneration goals. It is also delivering additional benefits through significantly increased cycle facilities, providing cycling capability to all parts of the Waterfront Development.
“The investment in this station is just one part of our efforts to build the best railway Scotland has ever had. We look forward to the delivering more services and more seats in the north east making rail travel even easier, bringing with that benefits for communities, business and tourism alike.”
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Notes to editors:
- Balfour Beatty (balfourbeatty.com) is a leading international infrastructure group. With 28,000 employees, we provide innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins our daily lives, supports communities and enables economic growth. We finance, develop, build and maintain complex infrastructure such as transportation, power and utility systems, social and commercial buildings.
- Our main geographies are the UK & Ireland, US and Far East. Over the last 100 years we have created iconic buildings and infrastructure all over the world including the London Olympics’ Aquatic Centre, Hong Kong’s first Zero Carbon building, the National Museum of the Marine Corps in the US and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
- Balfour Beatty has been operating in Scotland for over a century. Today, the company employs 2,000 people across Scotland and works with a supply chain that includes a substantial proportion of local businesses.
- The company’s construction business recently completed the award winning Holyrood Student Accommodation development, providing 1,180 student beds within the World Heritage Site of Holyrood in the City of Edinburgh and the construction of a Typhoon Propulsion Service Facility to support the rebuild and supply of the EJ200 engines used by 3 Typhoon Squadron.
- Significant projects in the Company’s current portfolio include the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route which will improve the transport network in Aberdeen and across the north east of Scotland, the £14m Almondbank Flood Defence Scheme to deliver a series of flood defences along the River Almond and construct a temporary flood storage unit and the Perth Transport Futures project which will see the creation of a new junction on the A9 dual carriageway to support growth in Scotland’s third busiest region.
- Iconic projects of the past include the construction of the new Elgin High School, the first school delivered by Balfour Beatty on behalf of hub North Scotland, the refurbishment of Forth Bridge which carries the East Coast Mainline over the Firth of Forth and the Fife General Hospital and Maternity Services provision which centralises specialist in-patient, acute and emergency services on one site.