Maintaining Adelaide Depot

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Work on a brand new £28 million train maintenance facility in South Belfast remains on track.

The Adelaide Train Maintenance Facility project is currently underway at the Adelaide Depot in Belfast. The project has been implemented by Translink and comprises the construction of a new facility for the maintenance and servicing of trains.

The Adelaide Train Maintenance Facility is being built on a Brownfield area of land that formerly housed a freight depot. The new facility has been designed to complement other train engineering facilities in Belfast, including a train care depot in Fort William.

Work began on the project in April 2011 with Graham Construction Ltd as the main contractor.

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Mott MacDonald is the integrated design team on the project and is subcontracting all of the architectural work to White Ink Architects. The project and cost managers are Hyder Consulting.

The new facility will comprise a maintenance building measuring approximately 5,100 sq metres, a material storage area measuring 20,000 sq metres and 400 square metres of office space and associated accommodation.

The main building will incorporate two tracks for heavy and light maintenance work, three gantry cranes capable of lifting trains for servicing and CET facilities that will allow maintenance crews to clean trains once they are removed from service. The building will also undergo a complete fit-out for fixtures and services, including the installation of telecommunications.

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Infrastructure works on the project will include the installation of fencing, paving, drainage and utilities. Oil storage facilities will also be installed, along with 1600 metres of new railway track that will interface with the main Belfast to Dublin railway line.

Additional features will include brand new signalling and operational telecommunications.

To complete the project an acoustic barrier will be erected around the facility to protect surrounding buildings from noise pollution once Adelaide Train Maintenance Facility becomes operational.

During the course of the project a number of existing buildings will be demolished and a temporary footbridge will be installed to aid the works.

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Translink Property Manager, Maurice Wray, said:

“We’re on target for completion and everything is running to schedule. We’re currently working on the internal fit-out of the main building – which is progressing well – and the external finishing works.”

Adelaide Trains Maintenance Facility is scheduled to arrive in autumn 2012.

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