02 November 2012

North Midland Construction plc (NMC) has been awarded contracts to provide utilities and civil engineering works on the phase two expansion of the Nottingham Tram network.

The leading civil engineering and building specialists were awarded the work by the main contracter on the project, Taylor Woodrow Alstom. NMC will be diverting and upgrading sewers, utility supplies, telecoms and electric services around the 17.5km of new track being laid to bring trams into Nottingham from Clifton and Chilwell.

Work has just started on site and NMC will be employing up to 30 construction workers on the 2 year project, some of which will be recruited especially for this project.

Robert Moyle, Chairman and Chief Executive of NMC said: “We’re delighted to be working on this major scheme that is right on our doostep and will have such a positive impact on the travel network in Nottingham. We have vast experience in this type of work and have been able to employ a local skilled workforce and create employment opportunities to deliver this important project.”

Martin Carroll, NET Phase Two Project Director, said: “We continue to identify local companies who can help us deliver NET Phase Two and offer opportunities to local people and are pleased to have been able to award these contracts to North Midland Construction.”

Cllr Nick McDonald, portfolio holder for Jobs, Skills and Business at Nottingham City Council, promoter of the NET Project, said: “Creating jobs for local people is a top priority. One of the many reasons we fought so hard to secure the extension of the tram to the south of the city was because it will create jobs for people now. In a recession that is absolutely vital, and projects like this are part of the reason unemployment in Nottingham is going down. The value of the contracts awarded in the Nottingham area so far is over £10million, and that will mean a significant number of new jobs. Through our Employer Hub, we are making sure those new jobs go to city residents."

The expanded NET tram system is a key element of the greater Nottingham transport strategy and will serve some of the city’s major employers, including Queen’s Medical Centre and the University of Nottingham. Work on the network is due to be completed late 2014.