North east contractor Thompsons of Prudhoe has been appointed to undertake demolition work at the Tyne and Wear Metro depot.
Thompsons will take on the task of knocking down the 100 year old depot at Gosforth, in Newcastle, paving the way for a £70m rebuild on the same site.
The new depot will be home to the new Metro train fleet over the coming years, heralding a bright new future for the transport system.
Stadler, the Swiss train builder who will design and build the new Metro trains, has pledged to support the regional economy and involve as many north east-based companies as possible. It is committed to using local suppliers for materials and services for the depot re-build, the manufacturing of the new trains and the 35-year service and maintenance contract.
And several other regional companies have also recently been taken on for this project, including Consultive Solutions, Ryder Architects, CMS Architects and Advance365, following a fair and transparent selection process. All six of these appointments were made by VolkerFitzpatrick, the company commissioned by Stadler to build the new depot.
Metro Development Director, Neil Blagburn, said: “The programme to deliver of our new train fleet and Metro depot is delivering a much-needed boost to local businesses in North East England in difficult times. It’s a hugely exciting moment as we see more local firms joining the supply chain on this huge programme that is going to transform the Tyne and Wear Metro.
“When Stadler won the contract to design, build and maintain our new fleet they gave a commitment to put in place new supply chains here in the region. We are now seeing this become a reality.
“My congratulations to all of the local firms who have secured work as part of the Fleet Replacement Programme and we look forward to working with them.”
Rob Baxter, managing director for Stadler Rail Service UK, said: “We will do everything we can to ensure that regional businesses and institutions capitalise on this exciting, long-term project, which over the next couple of years, will see us supply state-of-the-art trains for the region. The appointment of Thompsons of Prudhoe and other regional firms is testament to our commitment to localism.”
Nick Shilling, managing director of Thompsons of Prudhoe, added: “We are delighted to be involved in the delivery of this north east project. We look forward to providing removal and demolition services in 2021 and 2022. The new depot and state-of-the-art trains will be a real benefit to the region, and it is pleasure to be part of it.”
Marcus Dench, senior project manager, said: “VolkerFitzpatrick is looking forward to constructing the new depot for Stadler, and working with its new supply chain, to develop long-term relationships, whilst also helping the economy in the north east of England.”