Hitachi IEP Manufacturing Facility
Hitachi Rail's £82m Rail Vehicle Manufacturing Facility was officially opened by David Cameron in September 2015 and hailed as a symbol of the manufacturing revival in north east England. The factory will house the manufacturing of the new InterCity Express (IEP) trains for the East Coast Main Line, Great Western Main Line and AT200 commuter trains for Scotland and will be the home of Hitachi's rail manufacturing in Europe. The project required close collaboration between the architect Tim Jeffery, the client Hitachi and developer Merchant Place. The result is a simple but striking building providing a functional and energy efficient workplace housing one of Europe's state of the art train production facilities. The factory fulfills advanced manufacturing functions as well as Hitachi's desire to make a bold statement of their major UK investment. Architectural delivery was undertaken with Ryder Architecture.
"To produce something on this scale that meets such rigorous client requirements and has such architectural merit is quite a feat."