Hitachi Rail Europe

ClientShepherd Construction Limited


Project TypeManufacturing

CompletionJune 2015



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.

“We could not have hoped to find a harder working team to deliver this project and are delighted to recommend Ryder.”

Geoff Hunton, Development Director, Merchant Anglo Property Holdings