Caunton have been awarded the steelwork package by Volker Fitzpatrick for their £36m Reading train care depot implementation works contract for Network Rail. This contract has been drawn up as part of the £850m Reading area redevelopment which will include a new east chord to be built through the existing Reading train care depot, meaning the depot needs to be relocated. The existing depot will be moved north of the Great Western Main Line, to the west of Reading station. Volker Fitzpatrick will build a new train depot to modern equivalent standards, which will be capable of maintaining and servicing the existing DMU rolling stock, as well as providing future capacity for high level output specification and the Intercity Express Programme EMU rolling stock. The building has been designed to provide care and maintenance for both electric and diesel trains, and Caunton are providing two multi-level gantries which run the entire length of the building to facilitate this.
Construction of the train depot facilities began on 1st January 2012 and is forecast to be completed by August 2013. The site works programme is thirty seven weeks long with a four week break during August to allow the celebrated Reading Festival to take place without disruption, on land adjacent to the site.
There are eight separate buildings on the Reading Train Care Depot site to be supplied and erected by CEL, the largest of which is the main Train Care Shed. This forms a substantial portal frame 210m long x 37m span, with a ridge height of 11.2m above FFL. Steelwork is finished in a high spec. Network Rail N2 glass flake paint specification. The hot-rolled steel weight is 820te for the main shed which includes man-safe and overhead crane runway beams which run the entire length of the building, plus a thousand rail support stools which carry three of the four rail-tracks through the building.