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


Client Shepherd Construction Limited
City Durham
Completion July 2015
Value £30m
Area 42,000sqm


Winner Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (North East)