ENNISKILLEN civil engineering firm, Tracey Brothers has been recognised at the Construction Excellence Awards for a ‘titanic’ project.
Having been warded the contracts for the fit-out of SS Nomadic (the passenger supply ship to the Titanic) and the restoration of Hamilton Dock by Tracey Brothers, the firm have not only restored Titanic’s little sister to its former glory but have also created a major tourist attraction in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter.
Both phases were run concurrently, starting on 16th April 2012 until 30th May 2013. The contract was worth £5m.
The 100-year-old vessel – which is the last surviving White Star vessel in the world – once ferried first and second class passengers from Cherbourg to the RMS Titanic, the achievement and tragedy of which has given her name to a new city quarter.
A spokesman for Tracey Bros said the ship is unique in that she is the last surviving ship constructed for the White Star Line.
“There is nowhere better to tell her story than within this authentic historic maritime artefact itself.”
The project included the restoration of SS Nomadic and its transformation into a tourist attraction as well as the restoration of Hamilton Graving Dock – the dry dock where the Nomadic is situated – and the nearby Pump House.
“Each offered separate challenges, but none more so than the White Star Line tender”, the spokesman added. “The aim was to develop a “time capsule” of Belfast in 1911.”
Tracey Bros client, SS Nomadic Charitable Trust was more than pleased with the outcome. David Scott-Beddard, the chairman of the Nomadic Preservation Society praised the company on superior craftsmanship and attention to detail.
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