Around 150 jobs are to be created after national contractor Shepherd Group were awarded the contract to build Hitachi Rail Europe's new £82m manufacturing facility in County Durham.
Building work will start before the year ends and is due for completion in 2015.
Hitachi Rail Europe is working with developer Merchant Place Developments who are leading the project to build and fit out the factory, and Shepherd will run the job from its Sheffield office.
Mark Perkins, chief executive for Shepherd Group Built Environment, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract to build this landmark development in the North East, which will have a momentous effect on the prosperity of the region, as the biggest investment into the area for more than 20 years.”
“Shepherd invested a vast amount of time and research carefully gathering insight into Hitachi’s specific requirements before proposing exactly how we would deliver such a large and complex scheme, which meant gaining a comprehensive understanding of what the facility has to achieve and, of course, Hitachi’s exceptional standards in building trains.
“Our integrated supply chain incorporating Shepherd Construction, as well as Shepherd Engineering Services (SES), means we can offer an end-to-end approach based on a responsive and adaptive technical authority which I am confident will serve to enable Hitachi’s ambitious business plan on this development. We are very much looking forward to starting work later this year.”