GRAHAM has started work to construct a new railway station in Portrush which will provide a boost to the seaside resort, enabling passenger growth.
The station forms part of a wider £17m Portrush Regeneration Programme, led by the Department for Communities. The programme also includes a major public realm and revitalisation scheme for the town.
The project is due to be completed ahead of the 148th Open at Royal Portrush, held in the town in Spring 2019. The event has been identified as an opportunity to significantly develop the town and wider North Coast’s economy.
The new Portrush station will be constructed in a three-phase programme. The first phase involves the removal and decommissioning of Platform 2 and 3’s existing surfaces and infrastructure. Phase two will see the existing station building demolished and replaced with a temporary ticketing office. The new station building will be a single storey steel structure cladding with insulated STO render and curtain walled glazing. It will utilise natural lighting through a glass atrium.
The final phase involves the removal and decommission of Platform 1’s existing surfaces and infrastructure, replacing with new canopy structures including reinforced concrete foundations, structural steel canopy and associated cladding.
GRAHAM will also provide the installation of new M&E services, lighting and a
passenger information system. Surfacing works will include the installation of new edge coper, tactile paving and new asphalt surfacing.
GRAHAM’s Managing Director – Civil Engineering, Leo Martin, said: “We’re delighted to have been awarded the Portrush Train Station contract. We recognise the importance of this project as part of the overall Portrush Regeneration Scheme and its ambitions to enhance the
image of the surrounding area and to help regenerate the local town.
“The eyes of the world will descend upon Portrush for the 148th Open and we’re proud to be able to play our part in shaping the growing reputation of the town, and Northern Ireland as a whole. But more than that, we’re committed to delivering a lasting impact and a legacy for Portrush as it aims to enhance its high quality tourism offering for the future. This new station will certainly act as a catalyst
“Translink, and the rail sector throughout the UK and Ireland, to deliver projects safely and efficiently, with a focus on exceeding client expectations, trust us.
“We are looking forward to strengthening our relationship further with Translink and are determined to complete the Portrush Train Station to the highest standards, which will serve to broaden Portrush’s visitor market base and help to create a whole year tourism economic base for the town.”
To mark the beginning of works GRAHAM held an official event at the station on May 9th. The new Portrush station is due for completion in July 2019.