Graham to deliver early works for new Belfast Transport Hub

WCN Editorial Team 8 Nov 2019 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Construction company Graham has been selected by Translink to deliver early engineering works for the new Belfast Transport Hub in the UK.

The transport-led regeneration project will see the transformation of an 8-hectare city centre site into an integrated transport hub to improve local and international connectivity with bus, coach and rail links across Northern Ireland and beyond.

It is also expected to be a key driver of social, economic and environmental wellbeing for Belfast and Northern Ireland. It will be at the heart of a new city neighbourhood called ‘Weavers Cross’ with imaginative mixed-use development proposals.

The project is expected to be completed in five years.

Translink Group CEO Chris Conway said: “Today’s announcement marks an important milestone as we continue to move towards the start of construction.

“These site preparation works will take around 18 months to complete and include site clearance, utility diversions, ecology surveys, ground remediation, watercourse and drainage activities.

“This will ensure the site is ready for the main build phase in 2021 and that construction teams and materials are able to enter and begin work safely and efficiently.

“We are looking forward to working with GRAHAM to start the delivery of this exciting world-class facility. These initial works will see up to 100 jobs generated with potential for up to 400 from the entire scheme, local employment opportunities will be developed through the Belfast City Council’s Construction Employment Academy.”

Graham civil engineering managing director Leo Martin said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to deliver the essential early engineering works for the construction of the new Belfast Transport Hub.

“We’re looking forward to working with Translink again - having successfully collaborated on high-profile projects in the past including the new train maintenance facility at Adelaide Depot and, most recently, the new Portrush Train Station.

“This latest scheme will not only help to transform an 8-hectare city centre site but it will also be a key driver of social, economic and environmental wellbeing for Northern Ireland.

“GRAHAM has a proven track record in the successful delivery of transformational civil engineering projects similar to the Belfast Transport Hub, and our highly skilled teams are renowned across the UK and Ireland for the very highest standards of work, professionalism and technical expertise.

“Over the next 18 months, our important works programme will ensure the site is ready for the main build phase in 2021 and that construction teams and materials are able to enter seamlessly and begin work safely and efficiently.”

The Belfast Transport Hub will replace the Great Victoria Street railway station and the Europa Buscentre.

The railway station is expected to have eight platforms under a large overall roof, comprising four island platforms with two faces each. Similar to the Great Victoria Street, the new station will be the terminus of NIR’s Derry, Larne, Bangor and Newry lines.

Similar to the Europa Buscentre, the Transport Hub will have stands for Ulsterbus, Goldline and Metro buses.

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Image: Graham wins Belfast Transport Hub early works contract. Photo: Courtesy of GRAHAM Group.

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