Balfour Beatty has been awarded a £28 million contract for the redevelopment of Dundee Rail Station, creating 120 construction jobs per year throughout the duration of the project.
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.