Winvic wins £29m contract to build intermodal rail freight terminal in UK

WCN Editorial Team 6 Aug 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

UK-based Winvic Construction has won an order worth £29m from Prologis, an industrial property firm, to build an intermodal rail freight terminal in Northamptonshire, UK.

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

Upon completion in 2021, the terminal can receive up to 24, 775m long trains daily and the concrete yard will provide space for the storage of nearly 460 containers.

The terminal has been designed by Winvic’s design team and its consultants to withstand the weight of containers stacked four high and loaded to 21 tonnes each.

About 30,000m3 of stress-resistant, fibre reinforced concrete will be used and the surface will be engineered to efficiently manage extensive reach stacker operations.

The construction firm said that it will also build the five-track, 800m long siding and installing a Rail Traverser.

Winvic said that it is extensively coordinating with the Highways England (HE) and the Environment Agency (EA) to engage throughout the project due to the installation of a bridging structure over the Clifton Brook Tributary and an integral bridge spanning the A5, 2km north of M1 J18.

Also, the UK-based firm will deliver 1,600m of embedded rail, rail terminal building, gatehouse, 5km of rail troughing and ducting, 21,000m3 of ballast, more than 10km fencing and barriers, 2,500m of drainage and 20 mast lights.

Winvic civil 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.”

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Winvic wins £29m contract to build intermodal rail freight terminal in UK. (Credit: Winvic Construction)

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