Hitachi’s first train factory based in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, boasts a roof area of 43,000sq metres – the equivalent of over 6 football pitches and is the key element of a £82m investment to create its state-of-the-art manufacturing hub in the North East of England. The factory will initially be used to build the Super Express Trains for the Great Western Main Line and the East Coast Main Line, with the potential to be used for other orders such as building Crossrail rolling stock.
Shepherd Construction, a UK leader within the built environment sector, was appointed back in November 2013 as the main contractor to design, build and fit out the manufacturing plant. Using roofing and cladding contractor Northern Cladding Ltd and Euroclad Elite as the system supplier, 50,000sq metres of roof and wall cladding were fitted to the 2,000 tonne steel frame building.
The project was one of the first to use Hambleside Danelaw’s newly-branded Zenon rooflight range. The Zenon Pro range incorporates Hambleside’s traditionally reinforced rooflights and showcases the company’s 40 years of rooflight experience. Zenon Evolution brings to bear cutting edge reinforcement technology, resulting in a rooflight option which combines exceptional strength plus impact resistance with extremely low embodied carbon. For this building, Northern Cladding Ltd specified Zenon for 15% of the 43,000sq metre roof delivering a strongly day-lit building and minimising the need for artificial lighting.
Rob Baines, joint MD of Northern Cladding commented “We had previously used Hambleside Danelaw’s rooflights on Rolls Royce in South Yorkshire and received excellent support and technical back-up during this project. We therefore had no hesitation in placing the order for Zenon rooflights to be used on Hitachi Rail.”
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