- The corresponding section of the A8 dual carriageway is 14km long.
Madrid, 27 January 2010. The Northern Ireland Roads Service has awarded Ferrovial Agroman, as part of a consortium with Lagan and Costain, the design and construction of a 14km stretch of the A8 dual carriageway, which will run between the towns of Coleman and Ballyrickard in the form of an Early Contractor Involvement. The new road, comprising two lanes in each direction, is strategic for Northern Ireland, linking the Port of Larne to Belfast and the rest of the arterial network of the island.
The project will cost 113 million pounds (c.130 million euro) and consists of two phases. The first will be advising the Roads Service in methodology regarding the design, construction, land acquisition, affected services, environmental impact, planning and budgeting of the project, while the second phase will involve the design and construction of this particular section.
Ignacio Clopés, Director of Ferrovial Agroman for the UK and Ireland, stressed that "This project reinforces the position of Ferrovial Agroman in Northern Ireland. In a market as competitive as this, we believe we can provide differential value in infrastructure construction, offering a comprehensive end-to-end service to our customers."
Ferrovial Agroman has a significant presence in both Northern and the Republic of Ireland, with the construction company's first foray in these markets coming in 2003 as part of the Eurolink consortium, formed by Cintra and Ferrovial Agroman on the M4-M6 motorway. In 2005, the construction company was awarded the A1/N1 (border) dual carriageway project between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and in 2007 Ferrovial was awarded the construction and operation of the M3 Clonee-Kells, near Dublin and the DBFO 2 project for the design and construction of the A1 Newry bypass and A4/A5 Ballygawley-Dungannon in Northern Ireland. Also in Dublin, Ferrovial Agroman is working on the remodeling of the M50 ring road.
In December 2009, the value of contracts managed by Ferrovial Agroman in the UK and Ireland amounted to 1.323 billion euro.
Ferrovial is one of the world's leading infrastructure groups, with over 100,000 employees, a presence in 49 countries and operations in a range of complementary industries such as construction, airport and toll road management and maintenance, and municipal services. The company owns two of the top privately-owned transportation assets in the world: Heathrow airport, in London, and 407 ETR, in Toronto. Over 60% of Ferrovial's revenues come from outside Spain, mainly from other OECD countries. The company, which is listed on the Madrid Stock Exchange, is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices and the FTSE4Good index.