GRAHAM Construction has been appointed to develop Chester’s new £13.5 million Bus Interchange.
Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council selected GRAHAM as main contractor following a rigorous procurement process.
GRAHAM Construction will now work alongside scheme architects Austin Smith Lord, transport engineering advisers Mott MacDonald and Council officers to prepare detailed implementation plans. Work is expected to begin in mid-September.
The new facility is due to open in early 2017, enabling the closure of the existing bus interchange at Princess Street and paving the way for work to commence on the £300 million Northgate development.
Councillor Brian Clarke, the Council’s Chair of Economy and Infrastructure, said:
“We look forward to working in partnership with GRAHAM Construction to deliver a first class, modern transport facility that will improve the experience of bus users and encourage more people to take advantage of public transport. The new interchange at Gorse Stacks will bring about a major improvement in the quality of Chester’s offer for residents and visitors alike.”
GRAHAM Construction has a wealth of expertise in the transport sector, delivering major projects including revamping Ibrox and St Enoch’s underground stations in Glasgow as part of a £100 million programme of works, an integrated bus and rail interchange in Bangor, Huntingdon multi-story car park and a new control centre at Dublin Airport.
Gary Hughes, regional director at GRAHAM Construction, said:
“This is a high-quality scheme and we look forward to working with the Council and project partners to deliver a new Bus Interchange for the city of Chester.
“GRAHAM continues to grow in the North of England with a strong pipeline of work. We are fast becoming recognised as a collaborative and forward-thinking contractor which delivers first-class projects on time and within budget.”
Details will shortly be confirmed of the closure of Gorse Stacks car park to allow enabling works on utility diversions to commence ahead of construction.
The loss of the 168 short stay parking spaces at Gorse Stacks will be more than offset by the new Council-owned underground car park at Delamere Street which provides 351 spaces.
The bus interchange and associated public realm work improvements around Gorse Stacks are being financially supported by the Government’s local growth fund which is administered by the Cheshire and Warrington local enterprise partnership.