Hitachi Rail Europe, Newton Aycliffe

Hitachi is part of the Agility Trains consortium which has been awarded a £4.5BN contract to construct, maintain and service the next generation of intercity carriages to improve the UK’s mainline rail services.

Nearly 600 new carriages will be made in a factory to be built at Merchant Park, a site owned by Merchant Place Developments. Construction will started in 2013 and the facility will be operational from 2015.

TGA Consulting Engineers have been commissioned by Merchant Place Developments to design the mechanical and electrical engineering services for this £75m project, including the £32m new assembly building.

This has involved significant liaison between TGA, Hitachi Rail Europe and specialist suppliers of equipment which will be installed and operated within the factory building.

TGA have also been responsible for the development of the services infrastructure both to the Hitachi Rail site (including power supplies for the building and for the test track, the latter at 132kV) and the wider Merchant Park site.

The Hitachi Rail building is currently being constructed with the adjacent photograph showing a view of one of the bays in the Test Line House shortly before handover in June 2015.