BAM Construct UK was the contractor behind the Network Rail National Centre. It is also at work on Home Group’s headquarters in Newcastle, and the Northern School of Art, in Middlesbrough.
The company has committed to deliver a range of community wealth building commitments, meaning that local people and businesses will benefit heavily from the £26 million construction programme, which has been part-funded by the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund (TCF).
The overall TCF package for Sunderland Station improvements and associated works is £16.3 million.
Working in partnership with Network Rail, Nexus, Grand Central and Northern Rail, Sunderland City Council is driving this project as the first stage of redevelopment of the whole station, which will create an integrated public transport network that matches the city’s ambitions and meets future needs.
Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “We’re delighted to be working with BAM Nuttall to develop a station that will improve the overall travel experience to and from Sunderland and making it a station we can all be proud of.
“Their commitment to community wealth building and social value, means that the impact of this development will go way beyond the improvements to city infrastructure. It will bring about considerable benefits to the city supply chain, and for our people who will access high-value job opportunities as a result.”
“Sunderland deserves a station that reflects our ambition as a city, and alongside the incredible transformation and positive developments ongoing at Riverside Sunderland and beyond, we’re establishing this as a world-class place to live, work and play.”
Network Rail will be overseeing the southern entrance works.
Kieran Dunkin, principal programme sponsor from Network Rail, said: “Awarding the full build contract to BAM Nuttall marks a major step forward into the construction stage of this project.
“We are committed to working with BAM, Sunderland City Council and other key stakeholders to make the most of this significant investment for rail customers in Sunderland. This means delivering the works safely, responsibly and to a high standard befitting of the ambitious plans being developed for the city.”