Northampton Gateway Logistics Park
13 January 2021
BWB is extremely proud to have played a pivotal role in enabling commencement of development at SEGRO’s Northampton Gateway Logistics Park adjacent to Junction 15 of the M1 Motorway. Main contractor Winvic Construction has been awarded the £107 million contract for the construction of the civil engineering infrastructure that will facilitate the subsequent construction of circa 5 million sq ft of rail-served high bay warehousing for the booming logistics and distribution market. The project incorporates a 35 acre Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) capable of handling up to sixteen 700m long trains per day.
BWB’s involvement in this sustainable multi-modal logistics hub commenced in 2016, working as part of SEGRO’s multi-disciplinary project team appointed to prepare the planning and technical support documentation required to obtain a Development Consent Order (DCO) for this nationally significant infrastructure project. This is the second SRFI project we’ve been commissioned by SEGRO to design, and follows ‘hot on the heels’ of the successful East Midlands Gateway project recently completed at M1 Junction 24. The DCO was granted in 2019 and BWB’s appointment was extended in early 2020 to cover the detailed design of the extensive infrastructure and enabling works required to serve this 450 acre development that will, in due course, create an estimated 7,500 jobs on site and thousands more in the wider supply chain.
The infrastructure works to be delivered by Winvic in partnership with Highways England, Network Rail and local authorities incorporate major upgrades to Junctions 15 and 15a on the M1, a new bridge over the West Coast Mainline, the construction of a bypass around Roade, improvements to the A45 and safer junctions along the A508. Other provisions include an extensive landscaping programme with over 80 acres of parkland and amenity grassland, 18km of footpaths and cycleways, 20km of hedgerows and the planting of 60,000 new trees. The first plots are scheduled to be ready for building construction to start in late 2021 and infrastructure works are anticipated to be completed by the end of 2023.
Simon Hilditch, BWB’s Project Director, was justifiably delighted to have secured the technical approvals required to enable commencement of construction at the beginning of January. Simon commented “ It was an incredible team effort to get the detailed design carried out and approved for such extensive infrastructure works in just 9 months. This would have been a tough challenge during normal times and pre-Covid, but to know that we achieved it with everyone working from home for the entire duration of the design phase makes it extra special”.
To find out more on the project visit: https://slp-ng.com/