PLANNING TO BE SUBMITTED FOR HQ TRAINING CENTRE
Network Rail are poised to submit plans to Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council in connection with their proposals for a new “regional rail headquarters facility”. The scheme will sit on approximately 6 acres of land within the Gresley Road ‘triangle’ site in South View, just north of the Basing View business area. The land has historically be owned by the Borough Council but it is believed that Network Rail have now exchanged contracts for a freehold purchase.
The design is for a 3 storey, multi-purpose building plus another separate building and 140 metres of external track. There is to be a footbridge over the existing railway line to link the site with Basing View.
The total floor space of the scheme – to be known as a Railway Operating Centre – will amount to 13,600 sq m (146,000 ), and there will be parking for 233 cars. Alterations are planned to the current access from Gresley Road. The Operating Centre is to be used as both a signalling and control centre, combined with the provision of training, operations and maintenance. The proposals have been scaled back from initial designs put forward, which apparently involved the construction of more buildings.
[Much of the content of this article is provided courtesy of the Basingstoke Gazette – see www.basingstokegazette.co.uk/news.]
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18th February 2013