National contractor Shepherd Construction has appointed Rainton Construction to join the project team working on the £82m Hitachi train factory in County Durham, as part of its ongoing commitment to work with local companies on the prestigious project.
Last November it was announced around 150 jobs were to be created after Shepherd Group were awarded the contract to build Hitachi Rail Europe’s new manufacturing facility in County Durham.
Hitachi Rail Europe is working with developer Merchant Place Developments who are leading the project to build and fit out the factory, with Shepherd running the job from its Darlington office.
Now Rainton Construction, part of the Durham-based MGL Group which employs some 400 people across the region, has been appointed to undertake the extensive 36-week groundworks package on the site of the new state-of-the-art facility.
The new factory signals the return of train manufacturing to the North East, raising the prospect of the UK once again competing for export orders in European markets.
Neil Matthias, project manager of Shepherd Construction said: “Rainton Construction is one of our trusted local supply chain partners with whom we have an excellent working relationship.”
Dave Elliott, managing director of Rainton Construction, said: “We have worked successfully with Shepherd Construction on previous projects.
“Accordingly we are particularly delighted, as a local company, to be working with the team again on such a prestigious project in County Durham.”
Funding was last month secured to manufacture train carriages at the plant.
The factory is due to start making trains for the Great Western and East Coast lines from spring 2016, employing at least 730 workers.