Hitachi Rail Europe

ClientShepherd Construction Limited

LocationDurham

Project TypeManufacturing

CompletionJuly 2015

Value£30m

Area42,000sqm

The plant is the European base for Hitachi Rail manufacturing, employing over 730 workers assembling high speed Intercity trains for the East Coast and Great Western main lines.

Flexible manufacturing and assembly facilities, together with environmental sustainability, formed the principle design drivers. The roof, supporting a large span structure, provides both natural light throughout and generates one megawatt of electricity via photovoltaic cells.

In addition, the building features dimmable LED lights with daylight sensors to minimise power consumption during daytime.

Two tone low E glass to the office and staff areas is shaded by metal brise soleil to minimise solar heat gain.