DIRFT III Freight terminal construction starts

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Winvic has started on site with the construction of Prologis’ new state-of-the-art Intermodal Rail Freight Terminal at Prologis RFI DIRFT in Northamptonshire.

The £29 million contract comprises significant earthworks, 79,000 sq m concrete terminal slab, 9km rail track networked to the existing terminal and the West Coast Mainline, and three bridges.

When completed in summer 2021, the terminal will be capable of receiving up to 24, 775m long trains each day and the concrete yard will provide space for the storage of approximately 460 containers.

Winvic’s Civils and Infrastructure Director, Rob Cook, said: “Not only is the plot between the M1 and A5 vast – totalling 850 acres – but many elements of the scheme are complex and require specialist knowledge; from the diversion of and care for the local tributary and its wildlife to constructing adjacent to a live and busy highway.

“The bulk earthworks have now been completed and we are very much looking forward to starting the terminal slab construction next month.”

The Winvic design team and its consultants have designed the terminal slab to withstand the weight of containers stacked four high and loaded to 21 tonnes each.

DIRFT III can provide 7.86 million sq ft with build to suit opportunities for units from 100,000 sq ft to more than 1 million sq ft. Letting agents are Burbage Realty, JLL and Savills.

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