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Balfour Beatty has successfully delivered the £28.5 million Dundee railway station and hotel on behalf of the city’s council.
Built over a two-and-a-half year period, Dundee railway station sees the construction of a brand new concourse alongside a 120-room hotel development and an assortment of retail facilities. Crucially, all of this has been delivered whilst the railway remains in regular operation.
During the works, Balfour Beatty erected a 2,600 tonne steel frame in addition to a further 500 tonnes of metal bridge beams, the longest of which was 38.5 metres. The infrastructure specialist worked through the night in support of the project, ensuring minimal disruption to rail-goers.
The new railway station also forms part of wider Dundee City Council regeneration programme, which aims to create a stronger and more sustainable city economy that raises quality of life and improves the surrounding environment.
According to Joe FitzPatrick, Minister for Public Health and Sport: “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 development has also paid dividends for the Dundee community, with Balfour Beatty prioritising homegrown talent and the regional economy.
Hector MacAulay, Managing Director of Balfour Beatty’s regional business in Scotland and Ireland, said: “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 ten 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.”