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Northampton Gateway work begun | BUILDING MAGAZINE

Northampton Gateway work begun

Winvic Construction has begun the main infrastructure works at Segro Logistics Park Northampton Gateway (SLPNG), which is a 450-acre logistics park by junction 15 of the M1.

Northampton Gateway will comprise five million square feet of industrial facilities and a new strategic rail freight interchange (SRFI) when completed.

Segro is investing £190m into infrastructure works, including new rail connections, upgrades to junctions 15 and 15a on the M1, a new bridge over the West Coast Mainline, a bypass around Roade, improvements to the A45 and safer junctions along the A508 – all to be built by Winvic under a £107.5m infrastructure works contract.

The 35-acre SFRI will be capable of handling up to 16 trains per day, each up to 775 metres long. The project has been designed a nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP).

Winvic is also to carry out extensive landscaping, creating with more than 80 acres of parkland and amenity grassland with 18km of footpaths and cycleways, 20km of hedgerows and 60,000 new trees to be planted.

The first plots are scheduled to be ready for warehouse construction to start in late 2021 and infrastructure works are anticipated to be complete by the end of 2023.

Winvic has been conducting enabling works for Segro since summer 2020, including ecology, archaeology and geotechnical site investigations to prepare the site ahead.

Winvic’s civils and infrastructure director, Rob Cook said: “Segro is a long-standing client of ours so we are delighted to have won the Segro Logistics Park Northampton Gateway contract. Our partnership is a proven success on similar large scale schemes, such as Segro Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway, and Winvic is therefore no stranger to delivering strategic rail freight schemes and managing cross-agency liason – such as coordinating with local authorities and Highways England to mitigate disruption”.

“Apart from this being a significant and exciting project, it is fantastic to be working in a town where our head office is located and to be able to deliver a substantial local employment skills programme with Segro. The enabling works we have managed to date have been delivered to schedule and the team is now very much looking forward to the 2021 main infrastructure phase”.

Andrew Pilsworth, Segro managing director added: “Now more than ever we are witnessing the vital role logistics is playing in supporting the UK economy and it is clear that businesses need well located, sustainable facilities from which they can meet their customer’s demands”.