Network Rail seeks contractor for Forth Bridge Experience hub build

NETWORK Rail has commenced the process of appointing a main contractor to build the new Forth Bridge Experience reception hub.

Potential partners are being asked to submit their interest before Network Rail shortlists firms to tender for the project ‘later in the summer’.

The organisation said that a main contractor is expected to be appointed by the end of 2022 with work on-site commencing in 2023.

A prior information notice (PIN) has been issued for the project and the supply chain is being invited to a virtual pre-market engagement event ahead for the start of the formal procurement exercise.

The event will take place via Microsoft Teams at 14.00 on 5 April 2022 and the PIN can be found here.

Revised proposals for the Forth Bridge Experience were submitted to the City of Edinburgh Council earlier this year. It will see a new hub created at the bridge – allowing the public to access the structure and experience views from 367 feet above sea level.

The project will see construction of a reception centre and car park on the south side of the UNESCO World Heritage site, both delivered off the operational railway. The hub will be used for preparing those heading out on the bridge walk as well as providing an access point to the structure.

Gerry McQuade, Network Rail Scotland programme manager, said, “The reception hub is the staging post for our bridge walk experience which will offer the public a unique chance to explore this world-famous structure.

“This will be a challenging and exciting project for any company to work on and we look forward to working with the wider construction industry to develop a shortlist to tender.”