Hitachi Rail, Newton Aycliffe

Rail assembly facility


Merchant Anglo (Amazon Park) Property Holdings Limited


New Build

Services provided

Employer’s Agent
Quantity Surveyor
Principal Designer

Main Contractor

Shepherd Construction Limited

Design Team

Architect: Ryder Architecture Limited
Structural Engineer: Dewar Associates Limited
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: TGA Consulting Engineers LLP


The works comprised the construction of a single-storey Assembly Facility with a height of up to 12.50m and a gross internal floor area of approximately 43,136m², together with approximately 450 car parking spaces. Also included is a rail link to the site to the branch line East of the site and sidings to the North of the building.

The factory is a railway rolling stock assembly plant and the first factory that Hitachi built in Europe. It was officially opened in the presence of Hiroaki Nakanishi (Hitachi), Patrick McLoughlin (MP), Claire Perry (MP), George Osborne (MP), David Cameron (Prime Minister of the United Kingdom) and 500 guests.

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