Multi-million pound upgrade works begin at logistics hub

Winvic Construction, a main contractor specialising in design and delivery of construction and civil engineering projects, has started a multi-million pound upgrade to the iPort Rail inland port, just outside Doncaster.

Works are due to be handed over to new client – pan-European logistics real estate specialist Verdion – in autumn 2025.

iPort Rail sits within iPort, an advanced multimodal logistics hub, offering six million sq ft of logistics and industrial space on an 800 acre site.

The terminal extension will double its current size and storage capacity and increase the number of trains the terminal can accommodate each day, increasing the long distance, low carbon movement of goods.

These works have been commissioned following agreement with MSC-subsidiary MEDLOG to take over operations of the terminal.

A specialist, robust reinforced concrete mix has been designed. It has the capacity to hold the weight of five stacked containers and is robust enough to withstand the regular movement of reach stackers while limiting both tyre wear and ongoing maintenance.

Extension works will also comprise the installation of drainage and services, construction of a new welfare unit, gatehouse and landscaping.

Rob Cook, Winvic’s director of civils and infrastructure, said: “We’re pleased that our credentials in constructing Strategic Rail Freight Interchanges and our expertise in pouring robust, reinforced concrete slabs has resulted in Verdion putting their trust in us to complete these works.

“We look forward to working with the team over the next few months as we deliver the scheme safely and swiftly.”

John Clements, executive director of Verdion, added: “There is significant untapped potential here at iPort to increase rail freight provision and support national and international supply chains.

“Our agreement with MEDLOG creates a strong platform for future growth and we are pleased to be making good progress with the appointment of Winvic and its start on site.”

RLB is advising on project management, cost management and quality control.