Balfour Beatty, international infrastructure company, has been awarded a £28m contract for the redevelopment of Dundee Rail Station by Dundee City Council.
The contract will see the new station built on the site of the former station concourse with a triple height ground floor incorporating a passenger concourse, ticketing facilities, a café/restaurant and retail space and three additional floors above the concourse to accommodate a new hotel.
Balfour Beatty is committed to providing a lasting benefit for the local communities in which it operates and its winning bid included a detailed community engagement plan to provide 10 work placements, seven new industry entrants, six apprenticeships and 100% of local job applicants being guaranteed an interview.
Hector MacAulay, Balfour Beatty Managing Director for the East of Scotland, said: "This is a key project in the exciting programme to regenerate the Waterfront in Dundee and follows on from our recently completed New Olympia Pool and Leisure Centre in East Marketgait.
“We will work with the Council to generate significant community involvement through the construction phase with local employment and apprenticeships to deliver sustainable benefit to the city in the long term. “
Ken Guild, leader of Dundee City Council, said: "The Council’s new Capital Plan identified funding for this vital project to go ahead. It will bring more than 120 construction jobs per year for the two years of the build; £11.6m of gross added value to the local economy; and knock on benefits to the local supply chain, which all add up to make the concourse project a key economic driver for the city while it is being built.
“In addition when the new railway station concourse opens it will create jobs in the associated hotel and retail development.”
The two year construction project which will start this winter will be delivered over the railway line and will allow normal train services to continue.
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Balfour Beatty (www.balfourbeatty.com) is a leading international infrastructure group. With 36,000 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, US, Middle East and South East Asia. 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 world’s biggest shopping mall in Dubai, the National Museum of the Marine Corps in the US and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
Photograph: Artist's impressions of the new Rail Station exterior