Architect promises ’healthy, intelligent and connected environment’ for those working at Yorkshire plant

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An early visualisation of the plant in Goole, east Yorkshire

AHR and Arup have been appointed to design a £200m rail manufacturing facility near Goole in East Yorkshire.

Arup will lead a multi-disciplinary team, supported by architects AHR, to deliver all aspects of the engineering design for the facility, which will include 860,000sq ft of manufacturing, commissioning, warehouse buildings and stabling sidings, as well as an 54,000sq ft office building and welfare facilities.

The plant will manufacture and commission state-of-the-art trains, placing Goole at the forefront of the UK rail manufacturing industry, Siemens Mobility said.

Andy Pennington, Arup’s science & industry business leader for the north west & Yorkshire, said: “This development is set to give Goole and the wider region a major economic boost - creating much-needed opportunities for local skilled workers and promoting regional growth and prosperity.”

Gurminder Sanghera, regional director at AHR, said: “Together with Arup, our commitment is to create a higher calibre of manufacturing facility that will as much enhance performance, functionality and efficiency as it will create a healthy, intelligent and connected environment for those within.

“With our proficiency in advanced technologies and innovation in areas including VR and modern methods of construction, this development will showcase how a facility of this size and scale can be best brought to life in a way that inspires creative solutions and achieves sustainability and long-term viability”.

The scheme will be built on a 104-acre site close to junction 36 of the M62 motorway.

The first phase of the plant is due to open in 2023, with work beginning in earnest early next year.