The North West Transport Hub was an important project signifying considerable investment in a previously underdeveloped area. With a listed building involved, Cunningham Stone Limited were brought on board to deliver expert heritage stonemasonry services.
The North West Transport Hub has been operational for almost 2 years now, offering important infrastructure and transport links for local residents and visitors alike.
The EU-funded project was supported by a consortium of organisations, including the Department for Infrastructure, the Department of Transport in Ireland, and Derry City and Strabane District Council. This project represents an investment of approximately £27m, secured from the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, and was co-ordinated by SEUPB.
It comprises of a 100 space park and ride site, including accessibility parking and e-charge points, a bus-turning circle, and greenway works. The new Greenway path facilitates a link from the hub to Foyle Street Bus Station and the city centre via the Peace Bridge, for cyclists and pedestrians. It has introduced a level of sustainability to the city by offering commuters alternative, viable travel options.
Cunningham Stone Limited were brought on board the project to provide expert heritage stonemasonry services throughout the course of the repair and replacement of the original building work. As part of the scope of the project we covered works including the paint removal from internal brickwork to expose original pattern and colour variation. In addition to this, we provided stonework services, including repairs, replacements, repointing, and steam cleaning of all stonework to front elevation and clock tower, and tooling. We ensured that stone type used replicated the original.
Cunningham Stone Limited also carried out other works to independent listed wall, external to Grade B listed wall, which involved brickwork repairs, raking out replacements, and repointing, with installation of a new sandstone coping to the top of the wall.
Recently, the project has been nominated for the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) People’s Choice award. This prestigious award recognises the best civil engineering projects across the UK, and is voted by the public. In shortlisting the project, the ICE specifically commended the diligence of conservation work carried out in the restoration and repair of the building and façade.
Cunningham Stone Limited are proud to have been involved in such an important project, which has already made a significant impact on the biodiversity and community in the surrounding area.