Hundreds of tonnes of metal have been put in place as part of the first stage of above-ground works on Dundee’s new £38 million railway station.
And the project is on-track for completion in just over a year’s time, it has been revealed.
An imposing 72ft structure, which will form the frame of the new station concourse at the city’s Waterfront, has now been built.
Balfour Beatty, the company which is constructing the station on behalf of Dundee City Council, has installed four main arched steel modules for the building over the last few weeks in a 24/7 operation.
Along with the other steelwork, the total weight of the building so far is 580 tonnes.
By the end of the year, focus will turn to the metal decking and concrete floor slab which will form the station concourse.
The construction of the outer shell of the station and the hotel that will occupy it will also get under way.
Staff are working through the night on the building, in an effort to avoid disruption to the trains travelling underneath, as well as keeping the build programme on schedule.
Next year, at the peak of the work, more than 120 construction workers will be on site.
The details were revealed to the Tele as we continue our Let’s Get Dundee Working campaign.
Hector MacAulay, Balfour Beatty’s regional managing director for Scotland, said: “This is an exciting development in the construction programme with visible changes to the Dundee skyline taking shape.
“We have used our experience in delivering complex rail and construction programmes to enable works to continue at pace.
“As part of our community engagement programme we have been delighted to welcome young unemployed people to the project and to speak with them about career opportunities within the construction industry.
“At the project outset, we committed to making a real and sustainable contribution to the Dundee economy through creating local employment and training opportunities and this is just one example of how we intend to deliver on this commitment. ”
Councillor Will Dawson, convener of Dundee’s city development committee, says young workers are among those benefiting from the construction programme.
He said: “As part of the commitment to this project and the city, members of the team at Balfour Beatty have devoted themselves to a full programme of community benefits to support the development of this project. So far, this has resulted in the creation of five new employment opportunities, two modern apprentice opportunities and three work experience opportunities.
“They have also supported various groups to undertake site visits to give students or job seekers a better understanding of the construction industry.
“This commitment has included providing a customised visit for a group of young unemployed people on the Construction Employability programme, who so impressed the company that it also agreed to provide a contribution to their training programme, allowing the young people to complete additional certificated training.
“Partly as a result of that gesture, the young people were able to go on and secure employment locally. I hugely appreciate the contribution that Balfour Beatty and other contractors give us to support our community benefits programme.”
The council has insisted that any developers moving into the Waterfront or involved in the construction project must provide community benefits for the city. That can include guaranteeing a certain number of jobs or interviews for local people by the firms which eventually occupy the sites.