Northern Ireland’s Translink has awarded the delivery partner contract to global design, engineering and management consulting company Arcadis to create a new integrated public transport hub in the heart of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Set to be located on the site of the Europa Bus Centre and Great Victoria Street Train Station, the Belfast Hub will provide a gateway for the city and link it to national and international markets.
It is also expected to create new jobs and investment opportunities.
Under the terms of the contract, Arcadis will provide project management, commercial management and site supervision for the enabling and main works.
Throughout the project's lifecycle, the company will also offer strategic advice in terms of procurement strategy along with design and engineering input such as building information modelling (BIM).
Arcadis Ireland country lead Dennis Geary said: “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 UK can only be good news for those who live, work and do business there.”
The hub will focus on improving passenger journeys and providing better facilities, while it is set to increase capacity across rail, bus and coach services in the region.
As part of the development, a new station quarter, public areas and a large section of potential retail and office space will be added.
Subject to funding and planning permissions, construction of the Belfast Hub is expected to commence in 2017-18.