The Project

A £895 million redevelopment programme began in 2011and sees the construction of new platforms, passenger entrances and additional lines to equip the station for the future. As a result of building additional freight lines the pre-existing train care depot has had to be demolished and relocated north of the Great Western Main Line, to the west of Reading Station.


Opened in July 2013, the new £36m Train Care Depot was designed by Jacobs Engineering, one of the world’s largest engineering consultancies, and was constructed by leading rail engineering and construction company VolkerFitzPatrick.


Reading Train Care Depot

Construction period



Jacobs Engineering

Within the main train care shed Zehnder ZBN radiant heating panels have been installed to ensure a comfortable indoor working environment for the employees.

Commenting on their installation, Stuart Lowe, Technical Director for Jacobs explains, “When designing the heating system for what is an extremely large space, our two key considerations were the thermal comfort of those working within the shed throughout the year, plus the need for an energy-efficient system to help keep heating costs down. Because radiant technology has a direct heating effect on the people and surfaces within the space, and does not require all the air within the building to be heated, it provided us with the ideal energy efficient and cost effective solution.”

“We have received a good level of service and technical support, and are confident the building will provide an energy-efficient heating solution for Network Rail, as well as a pleasant environment for their train care team.”

Stuart Lowe, Jacobs Engineering

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