Monday, September 28, 2020

Winvic starts work on £29m contact for Northamptonshire intermodal rail freight terminal

Winvic has secured a £29 million contract to deliver a new Intermodal Rail Freight Terminal at Prologis RFI DIRFT in Northamptonshire.

The scheme forms part of Prologis’ extension to its logistics park – DIRFT III – and comprises significant earthworks, 79,000m2 concrete terminal slab, 9km rail track networked to the existing terminal and the West Coast Mainline, and three bridges.

When completed in summer 2021, the terminal will be capable of receiving up to 24, 775m long trains each day and the concrete yard will provide space for the storage of approximately 460 containers.Winvic’s Civils and Infrastructure Director, Rob Cook, said: “We are thrilled that Prologis recognised our experience in the construction of rail freight terminals as well as our commitment to positive and productive liaison with key stakeholders like HE and the EA.

“Not only is the plot between the M1 and A5 vast – totalling 344 hectares – but many elements of the scheme are complex and require specialist knowledge; from the diversion of and care for the local tributary and its wildlife to constructing adjacent to a live and busy highway.

“The bulk earthworks have now been completed and we are very much looking forward to starting the terminal slab construction next month.”

David Mellor, director, project management at Prologis UK, said: “DIRFT is one of the greatest logistics success stories of our time. Its location, connectivity and facilities make it the first choice for any business that is serious about moving freight on the rails.

“Getting the green signal to push forward with this major-scale infrastructure project, which will benefit the whole of the UK, is a significant milestone for Prologis and we’re delighted to be working with Winvic as our construction partner on this project.”

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