New Hitachi Rail Factory Landscape Works

Brambledown Landscapes of County Durham, have been appointed as Landscape Contractors in a Project worth almost £400,000 on behalf of Shepherd Construction a the New prestigious Hitachi Rail Plant in Newton Aycliffe county Durham. Brambledown Landscape Services Ltd, with offices across the North East, will be responsible for Large scale Topsoiling works, 30,000m2 of Woodland Planting, the planting of approximately 800 Specimen Trees, over 200 Avenue Trees, 2,000 metres of Hedging, along with somewhere in the region of 50,000 guards for Rabbit Protection, and over 130,000m2 of Seeding. Brambledown will also carry out 12 months maintenance to all of these newly planted areas.

Main Contractor: Shepherd Construction

Start Date: January 2015

Duration: Circa 16 weeks

Project Title: New Hitachi Rail Europe Plant - Landscape Works

Location: Merchant Park, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham

Value: Circa £375,000

Project Details: In a Project valued at just over £375,000, Brambledown Landscape Services Ltd, have been appointed as Landscape Contractors on behalf of Main Contractor - Shepherd Construction at the Construction of The New Hitachi Rail Europe Plant in Newton Aycliffe County Durham. Brambledown Landscape Services Ltd will be responsible for Topsoiling works, 30,000m2 of Woodland Planting, the planting of approximately 800 Specimen Trees, over 200 Avenue Trees, 2,000 metres of Hedging, along with somewhere in the region of 50,000 guards for Rabbit Protection, and over 130,000m2 of Seeding. Brambledown will also carry out 12 months maintenance to all of these newly planted areas.

Project background: Hitachi Rail Europe is one of the most significant inward investors in County Durham. The company is a total railway system supplier offering rolling stock, traction equipment, signalling, traffic management systems, and maintenance depots. Hitachi draws on many years of experience as a leading supplier of metro, commuter and high-speed trains such as the Shinkansen (bullet train) for the Japanese and international markets.

The company is part of the Agility Trains consortium which has been awarded a £5.8BN contract to finance, design, manufacture, maintain and service the next generation of intercity carriages to improve the UK’s mainline rail services. Nearly 900 new carriages will be made in a factory currently under construction at Merchant Park, a site in Newton Aycliffe owned by Merchant Place Developments. The facility’s production capability includes high-speed trains, commuter trains and metro trains, and will be home to an on-site research & development facility and test track. Representing an £82M investment, it will be operational from 2015, creating 730 jobs along with a further 200 construction jobs. The train fleet will be comprised of electric and bi-mode trains, some five vehicles long and others nine vehicles. These will be faster accelerating than existing stock, and will offer the potential for more frequent services. The higher train capacity will mean more seats and less crowding between Britain’s major cities. The modern vehicles will offer a step-change in passenger comfort through increased carry-on luggage space, electronic seat reservations, and no compromise on leg-room. A demanding performance regime will encourage the trains to run reliably throughout the life of the fleet. The first trains will enter revenue-earning service on the Great Western Main Line in 2017 and on the East Coast Main Line by 2018.

Managing Director of Brambledown, Frank Curry, commented that he was very proud to continue the longstanding relationship Brambledown Landscape Services Ltd have with Shepherd Construction, and also to be part of a project as prestigious as the New Hitachi Rail Plant which will create so many jobs in the region. Further details can be found here courtesy of Pro Landscaper Magazine

http://prolandscapermagazine.com/brambledown-awarded-soft-landscape-contract-at-the-new-hitachi-rail-plant/ 

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