Arcadis will be providing Project Management, Commercial Management and Site supervision for the enabling and main works, as well as providing strategic advice in terms of procurement strategy along with design and engineering input, including BIM, throughout the project lifecycle.
The Hub will be located on the site of the Europa Bus Centre and Great Victoria Street Train Station. It is one of the most important projects in the region and will be a core component in delivering Belfast’s overall vision as a modern European city.
Almost 80 million passenger journeys are made across Northern Ireland’s public transport network every year. Last year, a record 13 million of these journeys were made by rail – over twice the number since the current Great Victoria Street station was first designed and built in 1995. With a focus on improving passenger journeys and providing better, more modern facilities, the new Hub will significantly increase capacity across rail, as well as bus and coach, services in the region.
The development will include a brand new station quarter, public areas and a large section of potential retail and office space. This opens up the opportunity for significant private investment directly into the site, creating new jobs and regeneration opportunities throughout the surrounding neighbourhoods.
Dennis Geary, Country Lead for Ireland at Arcadis, commented:
“The people of Northern Ireland are set to benefit from increased infrastructure investment over the coming years, as the government seeks to make the country more productive and more attractive to investors. Bringing new growth to this key area of the United Kingdom can only be good news for those who live, work and do business there. We are extremely proud to be playing our part in making Northern Ireland better connected for people right across the country.”
Construction of the Belfast Hub is expected to commence in 2017-18 subject to funding and planning permissions.