Time-lapse video shows construction of new Doncaster depot

Time-lapse footage, released by Hitachi Rail Europe, shows the construction of their new £80 million Doncaster depot, which was designed and built by VolkerFitzpatrick.

Over 2,000 people worked on the project, which began in July 2014 and ran for two years and eight months. The works began with ground preparation, including the removal of contaminated soil. The team then constructed a train wash building, wheel lathe building and 11,000m2 maintenance facility building, as well as an under-frame cleaning facility.

VolkerFitzpatrick worked with fellow VolkerWessels UK business units VolkerRail and VolkerGround Engineering on the project.

VolkerRail supplied and installed all the overhead line equipment (OHLE) for the project and VolkerGround Engineering worked on the piling for the OHLE, as well as the sheet piling for two retaining walls.

The state-of-the-art depot breaks all stereotypes, offering a clean, light and modern working environment using industry leading technology. The depot will house fleets for Virgin Trains East Coast and Transpeninne Express. Hitachi Rail Europe, the company building and maintaining the new intercity trains, is on schedule to employ 250 people at the depot.

VolkerFitzpatrick is a leading depot constructor and is currently undertaking works with Hitachi at a number of their sites. Doncaster is one of several depots VolkerFitzpatrick has delivered, as part of the Department for Transport’s Intercity Express Programme.

John Cox, managing director of VolkerFitzpatrick’s rail division, said: “The team here at VolkerFitzpatrick are extremely proud to have been a part of this project. The new Doncaster depot combines modern design with exceptional engineering and is a credit to everyone involved.”