Mivan completes £2.7 million luxury train contract for Belmond

The luxury interior of the Belmond Grand Hibernian
Andrew Madden

GLOBAL specialist contractor Mivan has completed a £2.5 million contract to fit out 10 luxury train carriages for the hotel and leisure company Belmond.

Over a seven-month period a team of 60 Mivan craftsmen spent more than 35,000 man hours outfitting the carriages from top to bottom. The work included design, joinery, upholstery and metal work.

The train is to be named the ‘Belmond Grand Hibernian' and will run as the ‘Belmond Royal Scotsman's' Celtic sister. The ‘country house on wheels' is to be launched on August 30.

Grand Tours of Ireland will be offering a range of deluxe all-inclusive trips aboard the train, ranging from two to six nights and including destinations such as Blarney Castle, Killarney and Belfast.

Mivan chief executive Neil Ward spoke of the project as a demonstration of the skilled workers Northern Ireland has to offer.

“We are delighted to have completed this prestigious project for Belmond, an iconic name in rail travel, and to demonstrate yet again the superb skills offered by Northern Ireland trade and craft workers,” he said.

“Mivan, like Belmond, is a strong performer on the global stage and has a work force which has grown to 150 since 2014.

"We aim to employ 200 skilled staff by the end of 2017 and to prove, through projects like this, that we can deliver superlative results.”

The completion of the contract is the icing on the cake for what has been a hugely successful period for Mivan.

The firm has recently worked on a host of prestigious contracts such as a £6 million luxury apartment contract in Fitzroy, a £7 million cruise ship outfitting, and refurbishment of the Bulgari hotel in London.


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