Belmond Grand Hibernian hits the road!
Northern Ireland motorists witnessed a unique spectacle recently – a Belmond Grand Hibernian train carriage 22 metres long which was literally on the road from Antrim to Dublin.
The removal, aboard a specially designed long length flatbed truck, marked the completion of a £2.5m contract by international specialist contractor Mivan to fit out ten luxury carriages for Belmond.
Neil Ward, Chief Executive of Mivan, said: “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.
“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.”
Sixty skilled crafts people and 35,000 man hours were dedicated to transforming the former Mark III Irish Rail carriages into elegant cars with interiors reflecting Dublin’s Georgian architecture and the Irish countryside.
Inside seven months, the Mivan team of specialist refurbed five sleeper cars, two restaurant/pantry cars, one observation car (including bar), one crew car and one generator car. Work included the design and installation of metalwork, joinery, painting, fitting and upholstery.
A ‘country house on wheels’, each carriage is unique in that it is named after an Irish county and has its own colour scheme and carpets which incorporate that county’s traditional tartan.
Following the 30th August launch, travellers are invited to ‘enter a shimmering world of indulgence’ as Belmond Grand Hibernian becomes Belmond’s 7th luxury train and Celtic sister to Belmond Royal Scotsman.
Grand Tours of Ireland offer all-inclusive, all ensuite accommodation for up to 40 guests via 2, 4 and 6 night itineraries which include Belfast, the Titanic Experience and an opportunity to golf at Royal Portrush. Other destinations include Killarney, Blarney Castle and the Cliffs of Mohar.
Belmond Grand Hibernian is the latest in a series of prestigious projects by Mivan, which have recently included £7m of cruise ship fit-out, the completion of a £6m+ contract for luxury apartments and Penthouses in Fitzroy, One Hyde Park and the Bulgari Hotel and Residences in London.