Construction company Willmott Dixon has been appointed to deliver the £25 million transport hub proposed in Lincoln.
The hub is a City of Lincoln Council commitment which, depending on the security of extra funding and planning approval, would see work begin by the end of the year.
As well as plans to open a new office in Lincoln, Willmott Dixon’s hub contract would see them improving the city’s transport infrastructure and modernising the city centre.
As part of the project, Willmott Dixon will construct a new bus station, improve the current train station, create a dual-purpose footbridge to link St Mary’s Street and Tentercroft Street and deliver a 1,000 space multi-storey car park.
The project will be delivered by the city council in partnership with Lincolnshire Co-op and Network Rail, working with East Midlands Trains and Lincolnshire County Council.
Alongside Willmott Dixon, other local consultants involved include: John Roberts Architects Ltd, Morgan Tucker Consulting Engineers and Globe Consultants Ltd.
The contractor’s site team of approximately 80 will deliver the work, including the demolition of existing structures surrounding the bus and rail stations, such as the current pedestrian footbridge and platform footbridge over the railway – which are both currently unfit for purpose.
They will be removed in preparation for the construction of the transport hub’s dual purpose footbridge.
Willmott Dixon will deliver the transport hub through the Scape National framework, meaning that the contractor will source local labour throughout the project, and materials will be sourced locally.
Job opportunities and apprenticeships will be created in the region as a result of the project .
David Reid, operations manager at Willmott Dixon said: “Following on from Willmott Dixon’s recent appointment on the Lincoln University Technical College, we are pleased to have been appointed by the City of Lincoln Council to work in partnership with them to deliver this most prestigious and important development for the people of Lincoln.”
Nick Heath, operations director for the East Midlands at Willmott Dixon, added: “The regeneration of the city centre, which the transport hub is part of, will benefit residents, businesses and visitors – and importantly help to prepare the growing city for further development.
“The creation of the transport hub will help to unlock the west side retail and Lindum Gate developments, creating a more accessible and fluid way for people to travel through the city.
“Features of the project such as the new footbridge will make the city easier to travel through for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers alike.”
The company were also recently awarded a contract to install the £75,000 Lincoln Tank Memorial on Tritton Road, which will be unveiled on May 10.