Artist's impression: Redhill Business Park, Stafford, United Kingdom.
It’s an important development for us and Goodman’s understanding of the industry, and their ability to efficiently manage the delivery to an excellent standard has been invaluable.
SHARED FUNCTIONS, ALSTOM GRID
Goodman has entered into an agreement with Alstom, a leading power generation and transmission, and rail infrastructure group, for the construction of a new production facility and headquarters at the Redhill Business Park, just north of Stafford in the UK.
The new building will provide a high-tech production facility supported by research and development offices and laboratories as well as an ancillary centre of excellence for Alstom’s power division to be used for development and training.
The site will accommodate one main building along with associated visitor and employee parking facilities and a separate heavy goods vehicle access road leading to a service yard at the rear of the building.
Alstom’s sites in Stafford and Rugby have been at the forefront of engineering developments since the 19th-century and continue to produce cutting edge technology for projects across the world. These sites have set the tone for the new development.
Challenges faced during the planning included a bespoke property solution providing the required balance of production, research and development, testing, training and development and office accommodation.
Geoff North, Project Director, Shared Functions, Alstom Grid, says, “We’ve enjoyed working collaboratively with Goodman on this project and developing a strong relationship with them, it’s an important development for us and Goodman’s understanding of the industry, and their ability to efficiently manage the delivery to an excellent standard has been invaluable.”
Another part of the challenge was to understand Alstom’s automated substation business and provide an effective solution for this.
North, continues, “Goodman’s expertise and financial strength have provided us with options to lease or purchase what will become a ‘centre of excellence’ on completion.”
Alstom’s substation automaton division is due to move into the new facility by the end of 2016.