An interesting tidbit in the news today with Translink announcing that Belfast Central Station is to be renamed “Lanyon Place” following a programme of refurbishment due to be completed in September. From the press release :
The Lanyon Place area has become a major hub of activity, with the ‘Lanyon’ name being adopted by a range of neighbouring businesses, alongside Belfast City Council’s exciting plans for the Lanyon Tunnels.
‘We consulted with a range of local stakeholders regarding this name change, and Lanyon Place made sense in order to provide more clarity on where the station is geographically located within the city. We plan to phase the new name in over the coming months, with the official name change introduced from September when the works are due to be completed.
The renaming of the station breaks with a little piece of tradition that is not well understood by Belfast residents and visitors alike – who often ask “why is it called Belfast Central when it isn’t in any way central ?”
The answer lies in the long and fractured history of the railways in Belfast. Back in the Victorian era, when the railways were being constructed under what was then a kind of dot-com boom, private sector investors were building railways all over the place, subject to little control other than soft-touch parliamentary authorisation. In Belfast, there were three separate and unconnected railway terminii, all of them grand, opulent structures reflecting the huge amounts of capital being poured into their construction, and the prestige the new railway companies felt their stations and routes ought to have.
Only a few weeks ago, the last remaining (visible) part of the original York Road railway station – the Midland Building, previously known as the Midland Hotel – was quietly demolished. This was originally the part of terminus of what started life as the Belfast and Ballymena Railway Company in 1848. This enormous station and its associated yards and facilities stretched to the north and west from York Road all the way across to Duncrue Street. Later, the original company was subsumed by the Belfast and Northern Counties Railway, until it was taken over by the GB-based London Midland and Scotland railway, who subsumed it under the name “Northern Counties Committee”.
The LMS-NCC controlled one of the two major routes serving Derry out of Belfast as well as innumerable branch lines along the way, and supervised what would turn out to be the last major railway construction project anywhere on the island of Ireland for nearly a century – the Bleach Green-Monkstown bridge and direct curve, in the early 1930s.
Client Name: TranslinkProject Details:
Design and Build new storage facility for vehicle parts. Constructed on piled foundations, ground beams, RC floors with steel portal frame. Wall & roof cladding with fall arrest system. Facing block throughout with internal racking installed to clients specification and needs.
Duration of contract: 16 weeks.
Location: Pennyburn Engineering Workshop, Derry/Londonderry.
Architect: Design 2 Architects.
Overview of the Project:
Contract to complete high specification finish to Cafe Metro located in Belfast City centre. Completed with minimal disruption whilst the remaining 8 storey office building remained fully occupied.
Duration of project: 12 weeks
Location: Metro Cafe Upper Queens Street, Belfast.
Architect: Design 2 Architects
The new Permanent Way Building was constructed on the site of the former Guinness Factory in Belfast. Due to the ground conditions it was required to install 225 dia driven piles to depths of 16-20m over the foot print of the building. The build itself was constructed by concrete ground beams, pre-cast concrete slabs, structural steel work and wind post’s, traditional block and brick built walls with Weber Pral D spray on render and aluminium doors and windows. Internally Isocrete K Screed fast drying floors were placed and Altro resin flooring & wall finishes used in all wet room areas. The new building will become a central base for all of Translink’s Permanent Way staff and operations in the Belfast area.
Contract Administrator: Hyder Consulting UK Ltd., Belfast
Duration: 18 weeks
Architect: White Ink Architects
The new Park and Ride at Lynda Avenue, just off the Jordanstown Road, provides 66 car parking spaces. Cleary Contracting were honoured to be involved in this new facility.
Speaking at the launch of the new facility the Minister said: “I am confident these spaces, which include four spaces for people with disabilities, will help to accommodate the growing passenger numbers and alleviate traffic congestion in the area. It will further benefit the east Antrim community and help to attract more people to choose the train.”
Overview of the Project:
Creation of a new Park & Ride facility on vacant grounds adjacent to a live railway line and beside Jordanstown Railway Station. The works included the provision of 66 parking spaces, extending CCTV and lighting, access ramp to station platform, petrol interceptor, new walls and fencing. Within the scope of works we removed the rear boundary hedges of 5 private dwelling and constructed a new brick faced retaining wall approx. 221m long. Working at interfaces of the local residents, Jordanstown Bowling Club, live railway and passengers the project was successfully completed on time. The project was registered with Considerate Constructors Scheme and scored 33/40.
Duration of project: 18 weeks
Jordanstown Railway Station
Design II Architects
This project was similar to the works undertaken in Package l. The works involved managing numerous live sites with day and night working on the Belfast – Larne line and Belfast – Derry line rail network.
22 railway stations on the Belfast – Larne line and Belfast – Derry line
The complete upgrade of passenger services at 23 stations & halts throughout rail network, this involved new surfacing on every platform, the installation of passenger lifts in Lisburn & Botanic Stations.
Internally in Portadown, Lurgan, Lisburn and Botanic Stations new DDA compliant Ticket & Help Desks were constructed with removal of the existing and alterations required to internal offices to accommodate new works, these stations all remained operational for the duration of the works. With both the staff and members of the public alongside the ongoing works, our approach to managing the public and staff were paramount to the works being carried out safely and was essential to the successful completion of the works on-time.
23 railway stations on the Belfast – Bangor line and Belfast – Border line
Building attractive and high-quality passenger facilities played an important role in increasing the use of public transport, and that is exactly what Cleary Contracting has achieved on completion of this renovation.
Over 2.6 million passengers used the station last year, and this work will provide a new modern, more welcoming frontage to replace the current blast wall, enhancements to the ticketing area, improved retail/cafe offerings and the provision of a new Belfast Bike dock.
As well as supporting regeneration of the surrounding area the scheme is intended to attract more nearby employees to use public transport. Translink have been working very closely with local contractors Cleary Contacting Ltd to complete the renovation works.
1. Construction of sound baffle wall at Central Station, Belfast.
2. Refurbishment of existing office and staff accommodation associated storage areas within lower ground floor of Central Station including revision of internal layout together with associated mechanical, electrical and minor drainage works.
Central Station, Belfast
Design II Architects
28 Shore Road
Cleary Contracting were assigned to offer a number of solutions to upgrade Translink’s pits by renewing, upgrading and repairing all old pits and turn them into a modern well-equipped prefabricated pit complete with a heavy vehicle jacking system which can cater for the wheel base of your whole fleet without the old fashioned bridgehead that was previously required.
Contract Administrator & Designer:
BT8 6RP Project Details:
The works took place within 18 Bus Engineering Workshops across Northern Ireland. The scope of the works involved the full breaking out and removal of the existing reinforced concrete pits, completing reduced dig, drive mini piles, build permanent form work. place Gracie water proof tanking, tie new re-bar in place, erect form work, pour concrete pit floors then followed by walls and workshop floors. New compressed air lines and lighting fitted in each pit. Completed with new painting throughout. The project was completed out of hours and at weekends to create minimal disruption to the workers within each workshop.
Duration of contract: 22 weeks
Location: 18 Bus Engineering Workshops in NI