Watch: Time lapse film captures demolition work at Gosforth Metro depot

Gosforth depot
16 July 2021

Demolition work at Gosforth Metro depot has been captured in a fascinating new time lapse film.

The footage shows showcases the first six months of the £70m project, which will see the current Metro depot replaced by a state-of-the-art new facility.

Months of work in the two-minute video, from the start on site last winter and part of the current Metro depot being ripped down, to the more recent enabling and foundation works on site.

The footage was shot by VolkerFitzpatrick, the company that is building the new Metro depot.

The 100 year-old depot, at Gosforth in Newcastle, is being pulled down to make way for a state-of-the-art maintenance base for the new Metro train fleet, which is set to arrive in 2023.

Stadler, the Swiss train builder, and its construction partner VolkerFitzpatrick, have completed the partial demolition of the main building and are laying the foundations of the new one.

The Metro depot project started last year and most of the construction work is set to be completed by 2025.

Work will started in April on laying the new tracks which will involve boring hollow steel tubes into the ground and filling them with concrete.

Foundation work on the main building has started and a second phase of demolition, involving the removal of an old stabling shed to the west of the depot, will take place later this year.

The final two stages of demolition will be in 2022 and 2023.

The demolition work is being done by Thompson’s of Prudhoe. 



Time lapse film: Demolition work at Gosforth Metro depot

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