Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT)

RPS' Principal Designers are currently working with one of our key developer clients at their 8 millionft2 rail linked logistics site near Daventry. When fully operational, this 15 year project will be the largest rail freight terminal in Western Europe.

The DIRFT development is a well-established, centrally located site, in the Midlands’ ‘golden triangle’ of circa 16 operational warehouse buildings. RPS’ specialist CDM Coordinators (now Principal Designers) were involved in the successful delivery of logistics facilities on DIRFT II for Eddie Stobart, Sainsbury’s and Tesco, which included significant earth works, highway works, vertical build and a rail bridge. The team are currently working with the developer on the site’s expansion - DIRFT III.

For DIRFT III, RPS is currently providing Principal Designer services forming the backbone of the regeneration and redevelopment of the former Rugby Radio Station site.

The wider DIRFT site already benefits from a rail linked freight terminal, served by the West Coast Main Line, but the latest phase will incorporate an enhanced, purpose-built rail freight terminal, new transhipment sidings, container storage and a HGV reception area.

RPS has also been appointed as Principal Designer for the infrastructure works to enable the 473 hectare Sustainable Urban Extension (SUE) development of land adjacent to DIRFT. Current plans indicate the provision of 6,000+ new homes, supported by three primary schools, a secondary school, and 2,900m2 of community facilities over the proposed 20-year delivery period.