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October 14, 2015

Balfour Beatty begins work on Dundee railway station

Balfour Beatty has started work on a £28m redevelopment of Dundee railway station in Scotland.

Dundee railway station artists impression

Balfour Beatty has started work on a £28m redevelopment of Dundee railway station in Scotland.

Work on the project includes construction of a new passenger concourse, ticketing facilities, a restaurant, and retail space.

The development will also include a hotel, operated by Sleeperz Hotels, above the new passenger concourse.

Designed by architects at Nicoll Russell Studios to create a new landmark within the £1bn Central Waterfront redevelopment, the new railway station building will occupy the site of the former concourse.

Dundee City Council leader Ken Guild said: "After the preparation work clearing away the outdated concourse and tired 1970s structures, it is good to see our contractors Balfour Beatty on site and the new buildings getting underway.

"They are committed to providing a lasting benefit for the local community, and their winning bid for the contract included a detailed community engagement plan to provide ten work placements, seven new industry entrants, six apprenticeships, and a guaranteed interview for every local job applicant.

"We were delighted to have been awarded this contract to construct the new railway station and hotel for Dundee City Council."

The two-year construction is estimated to create 120 construction jobs a year, and generate £11.6m of gross added value to the local economy.

Balfour Beatty was appointed to carry out the work in August for bidding the lowest amount, which was more than £7m over the original budget.

Balfour Beatty East of Scotland managing director Hector MacAulay said: "We were delighted to have been awarded this contract to construct the new railway station and hotel for Dundee City Council.

"Following on from our recently completed New Olympia Pool and Leisure Centre in East Marketgait, this is a key project in the exciting programme to regenerate the Waterfront in Dundee."

Normal train services will continue while the construction is carried out over the live railway.

Work will also include installation of a new deck over the exposed railway line in order to replace the old South Union Street Bridge.


Image: An artist’s impression of the new Dundee station. Photo: courtesy of Dundee Waterfront.

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