In 2015 Danzer was commissioned to provide the on-site welfare and office accommodation facilities for Network Rail’s prestigious Northern Hub project in a contract worth over £700,000.
The 52 units were built to the agreed timescales but due to the numerous project delays and some opposition to the plans only the Bolton phase was initially installed. You can read more about that here.
We held the remaining units in storage at our Langley Mill production facility awaiting the signal from the client, Buckingham Construction, to go ahead with the Ashburys phase.
After the Government finally gave the green light for the Northern Hub project to continue we were able to release the remaining modules and have this month installed them at Ashburys in East Manchester. The units are end and side linked and sited in a double stack of 13 ground floor units and 13 first floor and will provide office facilities for the construction teams.
The first floor accommodation provides office space, meeting rooms, a server room, print room and reception area. On the ground floor facilities include a canteen, meeting rooms, locker room, kitchen and toilets and washrooms.
The units it will be on site for the duration of the Northern Hub project which is likely to take 2 to 3 years to complete.
The Northern Hub project is a series of upgrades to the railway across the north of England which will allow hundreds more trains to run each day and provide space for millions more passengers a year.
The services and economic benefits run as far as Newcastle and Hull in the East to Chester and Liverpool in the west and will deliver:
• Over £4bn worth of wider economic benefits to the region and potentially 20,000 to 30,000 jobs
• The ability to double into the Trafford Park freight terminals
• Two new fast trains per hour between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool
• More frequent services between Manchester and Leeds (six per hour)
• Faster passenger services across the TransPennine route – improving journey times of up to 15 minutes between Manchester Victoria to York via Leeds
• Journey times between Liverpool and Manchester could be reduced by 10-15 minutes
• New direct services from across the north to Manchester Airport
Faster journey times to Sheffield and the East Midlands, Bradford, Halifax, Hull, Newcastle and the North-East
For more information about the Northern Hub click here