Client: Verdion

iPort Doncaster, a visionary development by Verdion, is a landmark project in the UK's logistics landscape. This £400 million initiative, situated over 342 hectares in South Yorkshire, represents a major step in reviving Doncaster as a hub for industry and innovation. Designed as the UK's most advanced multimodal logistics hub, iPort Doncaster features over 600,000 square meters of logistics space operating 24/7, an on-site intermodal rail terminal, and vast areas dedicated to wildlife and biodiversity. This project is not only about advancing logistics and transport efficiency but also about generating employment and supporting regional economic growth.

  • Size

    342 hectares, hosting 600,000 square meters of logistics space.

  • Intermodal rail terminal

    State-of-the-art facility, integrating rail transport with other logistics modes.

  • Employment and economic impact

    Estimated creation of 5,000 jobs, supporting businesses like Amazon and Lidl.

  • Environmental commitment

    Approximately 50% of the site is dedicated to open green spaces, including forests, meadows, and wetlands. Including forests, meadows and a large area dedicated to wetlands and wildlife, created with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and open for everyone to enjoy.

  • Community engagement

    Involvement with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and initiatives like the iPort Academy for local jobseekers.

  • Innovative transport solutions

    Implementation of a Green Travel Plan, promoting sustainable transport options.

BWB's Role

BWB played a significant and multifaceted role in the development of the iPort Doncaster. Our comprehensive range of services and innovative solutions were instrumental in realising this ambitious multimodal logistics hub.

Integrated design and engineering

 Our expertise in civil and structural engineering was pivotal in designing the state-of-the-art intermodal rail terminal. Working with Network Rail and other key stakeholders, we ensured that the rail terminal's infrastructure met the highest standards and requirements. This element was crucial for integrating various modes of transport, enhancing the functionality and efficiency of iPort.

Building infrastructure and resilience

In addition to the rail terminal, our role extended to the foundational and structural design of the site's buildings. Our detailed planning and superior engineering ensured that the structures were robust and tailored to withstand the demanding operations of a 24/7 logistics hub, guaranteeing long-term resilience and reliability.

Sustainable and environmental design

 We were responsible for the external civil aspects of the project. This included designing highways, drainage systems, earthworks and tracks with a focus on minimising environmental impacts.

Innovative transport solutions

 We developed a comprehensive Transport Assessment and Travel Plan. This collaborative effort ensured that the development met and exceeded transport and parking requirements, facilitating efficient and safe access for visitors and staff.

Flood risk management and water strategy

 We completed an in-depth Flood Risk Assessment, developing a water strategy that effectively integrated Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDs) and attenuation features.

Ground improvement and geotechnical expertise

Our geotechnical investigation and ground improvement services laid the foundation for stable and durable infrastructure, which is crucial for the development of this scale.

Onsite supervision and compliance

Beyond design and planning, we played a vital role in overseeing onsite infrastructure works. Our hands-on involvement ensured the correct and compliant implementation of designs, maintaining the highest standards throughout the construction process.