Caunton supplied and erected the steelwork frame for a new train maintenance depot in Hornsey, north London for main contractor Volker Fitzpatrick. The project is part of the Thameslink programme which will see capacity increased on north-south routes through central London between Bedford and Brighton, and routes to Peterborough and Cambridge via Finsbury Park.
Caunton supplied steelwork for three buildings – the Maintenance Facility Building, the Southern Trainwash and the Under floor Carriage Facility. This new depot was built entirely on operational railway land.
The Maintenance Facility Building is a monopitch portal structure generally 10.5 m to eaves, and 272 metres long and 21 metres wide. Crane gantry beams were also supplied to accommodate a 12.5 tonne EOT crane. There is a lean-to office/warehouse structure 208m by 12 meters. The Southern Trainwash building, similarly a monopitch portal structure, is 65 metres long and 6 metres wide. Most of the steelwork is galvanised. Caunton also supplied and fixed the metal deck flooring for the offices, and precast concrete staircase and a lift core.
In total the project required nearly 600te of structural steelwork. Caunton were pleased to be working for Volker Fitzpatrick on yet another train care project – following on from their successful contracts with this major contractor at Reading and Southampton.