Nottingham-based architect firm CPMG has designed the Bombardier facility for Crossrail trains in Derby, UK, marking a significant progress in this £12.5m project.
The design of the 10,400m² building features a 250m-long testing hanger for up to four complete trains and office space for up to 90 staff.
CPMG project director Paul Bodill said: "The building allows for newly built train carriages to be fully assessed in a safe environment before they commence commissioning and entry into service.
"Its thermal enclosure means it will be energy-efficient, the roof-light panels will provide plenty of natural daylight and the building itself will be very low maintenance."
The new 40m-wide facility on Bombardier’s Litchurch Lane site will be capable of handling four ten-carriage trains.
Works under this project include building of four multifunctional train lines that will connect into the existing test track facilities.
Each train line with have full-length overhead lines and inspection pits to deliver a full range of services, which will be fully accessible by rail at both ends.
In February, Bombardier awarded a £12.5m contract to Infrastructure group Balfour Beatty for the construction of this production, testing and office facility.
Balfour Beatty is also responsible to carry out the related power upgrade works to the site to enable the overhead electricity lines.
Construction of the facility is expected to be completed in February 2016.
Image: Bombardier facility for Crossrail trains will be capable of handling four ten-carriage trains. Photo: courtesy of CPMG Architects.