Adelaide Depot – Translink, Belfast

Modern depot keeps Translink on track

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Project Overview

Client Translink
Project Value £15.6m
Expertise Civil Engineering
Sector Rail
Timeline April 2011 - September 2012
Location Northern Ireland
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Project summary

Commended by the RICS for its ‘Design and Innovation’, the Adelaide Depot is an important addition to Translink’s rail network.

Completed on time, over 18 months, and on budget, the £15.6m project includes two new railway firsts for Northern Ireland - the creation of a signalling gantry at Great Victoria Street Station and a ‘double slip’ crossing, which has maximised train flexibility.

Core elements of the ‘CCS Gold Award’ winning works include the construction of a new train care maintenance facility and 1600m of railway track.

The detail

Honoured by the CCS with a ‘Gold Award’, and runner up for the ‘Most Considerate Site’, the Adelaide Depot project is “an excellent example of modern construction”.

Incorporating a social clause model, which has since been adopted by Translink for future works, our programme also featured the roll out of alternative concrete troughs.

Similarly endorsed by Translink, and now specified for its future projects, the troughs provide a more durable, secure and aesthetically pleasing product. Completed over 311,000 ‘man-hours’, the core components of the 18-month development encompass the construction of a 5100m2 train maintenance building, new accommodation office buildings plus 20,000m2 of train washing, fuelling apron and oil storage facilities. 1600m of railway, for both heavy and light maintenance, complement track interfaces and crossovers with the existing Belfast to Dublin lines.

Promoting environmental benefits, our innovative design is laced with energy efficient lighting, recycling systems, solar panels and grey water harvesting.

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"The construction of this excellent new engineering facility is a tangible sign of our commitment to delivering high standards of quality and excellence and is an important addition to our rail network."

Catherine Mason, Group Chief Executive, Translink