Winvic has secured a £29m contract to deliver a new Intermodal Rail Freight Terminal at Prologis RFI DIRFT in Northamptonshire
The new Intermodal Rail Freight Terminal forms part of Prologis’ extension to its UK logistics park.
When completed in summer 2021, the terminal will be capable of receiving up to 24,775m long trains each day and the concrete yard will provide space for the storage of approximately 460 containers.
The Winvic design team and its consultants have designed the terminal slab to withstand the weight of containers stacked four high and loaded to 21 tonnes each; circa 30,000m3 of stress-resistant, fibre reinforced concrete will be used and the surface will be engineered to efficiently manage extensive reach stacker operations.
Winvic will be constructing the five-track, 800m long siding and installing a Rail Traverser.
The team started on-site at the beginning of June and have last week completed the earthwork re-engineering of the plateau, which although had been created circa four years ago, had suffered weather degradation.
Extensive liaison has already taken place with Highways England (HE) and the Environment Agency (EA) and Winvic will continue 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.
The new railway link bridge, which will carry two tracks, will have an effective span of 30m over the highway. It is a fully integral, single-span, prestressed concrete structure seated on a continuous flight auger piled foundation with reinforced earth abutments and wing walls, formed of a composite system of interlocking prefabricated concrete units with soil tensile reinforcement and backfill.
The two train lines will also traverse the Clifton Brook Tributary and the bridging structure solution has been designed with EA input to give wildlife unimpeded access to sensitive ecological areas. It will be a 45m long precast arch, using the Matiere System, with 34 bored piles, each 25m long, and precast wing walls.
Winvic will be delivering other scheme elements, including:
- 1600m of embedded rail
- Rail Terminal Building
- 5km of rail troughing and ducting
- 21000m3 of ballast
- Over 10km fencing and barriers
- 2,500m of drainage
- 20 mast lights
Winvic’s civils 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.
“Winvic has been delivering civils and infrastructure projects for as long as it has been operational, but many works packages have been part of turnkey solutions, enabling industrial, commercial and multi-room developments.”
David Mellor, director, project management at Prologis UK, added: “DIRFT is one of the greatest logistics success stories of our time. Its location, connectivity and facilities make it the first choice for any business that is serious about moving freight on the rails.
“Getting the green signal to push forward with this major-scale infrastructure project, which will benefit the whole of the UK, is a significant milestone for Prologis and we’re delighted to be working with Winvic as our construction partner on this project.”