Etches Park Train Care Facility
The design and construction of the new Etches Park rail depot facility was a major £14.5 million project managed by Spencer Group, on behalf of East Midlands Trains. The development incorporated a 400m² storage/workshop area with associated office and staff welfare facilities, and a new wheel lathe outbuilding.
This was a large-scale, highly complex depot construction, providing regular routine servicing for all rolling stock. In addition to a storage facility and staff quarters, the Spencer team built a new covered three road seven car set with two through roads, one buffer stop road and two service pit roads.
This was achieved by a lowered floor with the track on steel supports, one road with a flat floor fitted with a seven car set, and an overhead gantry crane with access to all three roads.
One of the key requirements was to complete the new wheel lathe facility prior to the construction of the main depot building.
To achieve this, Spencer altered programme logic and sequencing, accelerating the programme to a 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week work pattern. This enabled the wheel lathe to open on schedule and operate whilst the remainder of the depot was being constructed.
The works also included the installation of a new 2x70m concrete slab track as well as associated CET and fuelling equipment.
East Midlands Trains Managing Director, Tim Shoveller, said: “The improvements at Etches Park will not only provide us with more capacity to maintain and care for our whole fleet more efficiently, but also reflects that we are a good employer, providing a professional place of work that our staff can be proud of.”