Winvic Construction Ltd, a leading main contractor that specialises in the design and delivery of multi-sector construction and civil engineering projects, has reached the next infrastructure project milestone at SEGRO Logistics Park Northampton Gateway and is beginning the programme of works for the strategic rail freight connection.

The works that enable the connection to the Northampton loop of the West Coast Mainline will begin with stripping the topsoil and significant earthworks. Also, ground excavations will begin for the building plateaux, estate roads and the 170-metre reinforced concrete tunnel, which will screen the trains after departing from the terminal. Foundations will be laid for the concrete walls and pre-cast beams will be installed before the structure is buried with earth and landscaped. By August, one million m3 of material will have been moved by Winvic to facilitate the 35-acre Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) meaning drainage installation, service connection and subgrade preparation can begin. This programme comprises the pouring of the concrete slab and the construction of a 70-degree, 1.2km bund – utilising a mechanically stabilised earth wall method – which screens the SRFI.

To coincide with this latest project milestone, new CGI images have been released showing for the first time how the development will look once complete. The 450-acre state-of-the-art multi-modal logistics development will be home to five million square feet of modern sustainable warehouse space and logistics facilities. Strategically located next to junction 15 on the M1 motorway, the first plots are expected to be available to build upon later this year. As part of the development SEGRO is investing £190 million into infrastructure, including the new SRFI and significant improvements to the surrounding road network.

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