Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has been awarded the £16 million enabling works contract by Network Rail for the redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street Station.
The contract, which supports Network Rail’s expansion scheme to accommodate increasing passenger numbers, will involve the demolition of platform buildings and the construction of a new operations building.
Hector MacAulay, Balfour Beatty Managing Director for Scotland, said: “Following Balfour Beatty’s recent successful completion of the new Edinburgh Gateway railway station and our ongoing work for the Dundee Railway station and hotel, we are proud to continue our work with Network Rail to make Glasgow Queen Street Station a world class facility.
“The redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street station will generate additional community benefit through our commitment to local employment and apprenticeships and will further support the region’s economy, creating opportunities for SMEs.
“This is an exciting development in the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme, and will allow for ever-growing passenger numbers passing through Scotland’s third busiest railway station.”
The Queen Street Station redevelopment is part of the £742m Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme to upgrade the vital rail infrastructure linking Scotland’s two main cities and is expected to accommodate increased passenger capacity through the station from 20 million to 28 million by 2030, and significantly reduce congestion.
Enabling works are due to commence this Spring, with completion expected in Spring 2018.
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Notes to editors:
• Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, originated in Scotland in 1909. 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 restoration of the 145 year-old Category A-listed iconic Albert Bridge in Glasgow.
• Balfour Beatty has a strong and well-established record of successful delivery in Scotland with over 115 years of service and an informed view of Scottish Infrastructure. The company provides its clients with value for money solutions and risk reduction through its proven technical expertise and highly skilled and experienced engineering talent pool.
• 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 £20m Radisson Red Hotel in Glasgow which will provide a 176-bed 4 star hotel, with restaurant, gallery, gym and event space and the £30m Kennedy Street Student Accommodation project in Glasgow which will feature 536 bedrooms, split over two blocks around a stunning central courtyard.