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Thameslink train depots to be VolkerFitzpatrick's biggest ever contract

11 Jul 13 VolkerFitzpatrick has signed a contract with Siemens to build two new train maintenance depots, as part of the Thameslink rolling stock project.

As Siemens’ construction partner, VolkerFitzpatrick is designing, constructing and commissioning the two depots over the next three years at Hornsey in north London and Three Bridges near Crawley in West Sussex.

The depots are being built simultaneously by two specialist in-house project teams.

VolkerFitzpatrick said that it was not allowed to disclose the value of the contract. However, a spokeswoman said that it was the largest contract that the company had ever won.

The Three Bridges depot, which is split into east and west-side facilities either side of the London to Brighton mainline, comprises a five-road, 12-car, maintenance building with associated stores, workshops and offices, eleven train stabling and servicing roads, two under-bridge widenings, two carriage washing machines, a wheel lathe and all associated depot infrastructure. This depot is due for completion in 2015.

The Hornsey depot, expected to be completed in 2016, is being constructed within a live operational rail environment next to the East Coast mainline and the existing Hornsey depot. The project involves the co-ordinated redevelopment of two separate areas of existing infrastructure, including the existing operational depot and derelict sidings.

The work involves building a new three-road, 12-car, maintenance shed, two carriage washing machines, offices and all associated depot infrastructure. Two bridges have to be widened as well.

VolkerFitzpatrick managing director Richard Offord said: “Our extensive experience in building state of the art rail maintenance depots, coupled with Siemens considerable experience in this area, makes for a dynamic and highly skilled integrated project team.”

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