The Dutch National Railways (NS) maintenance facility in Leidschendam is being refurbished.

To be able to maintain the new generation of train equipment, the maintenance hall will be extended and raised. Strukton was awarded the tender based on its Best Value approach, in which quality was decisive.

Leo van Dongen, NS Engineering Director, and Evert Lemmen, Strukton Worksphere General Manager, drove the last pile into the ground on Tuesday 18 July, giving the green light for the renovation of the Leidschendam Maintenance Facility.

Ready for the future
The maintenance hall will be longer and higher, to make it ready for the maintenance of the 118 New Generation Sprinters. In these trains, the technical systems are located on the roof. The raised hall will have working platforms at just the right height. NS Maintenance Company decided to do the renovation at the same time as the structural modifications that are desirable and required for efficient, safe and sustainable use over the long term. The maintenance facility needs to be the right length and have a higher roof, as well as the proper facilities. This will help technicians maintain Sprinter equipment better in the future.

The team posing in front of the project

Progressive technology

"The ability to meet the changing demand for transport capacity requires new progressive technology. Strukton, together with its clients, anticipates this issue. We are building a new 175-metre-long modern maintenance hall, while maintenance work continues as usual," says Evert Lemmen, Strukton Worksphere General Manager
"We were looking for a contractor that was not only capable of delivering high quality, but who could also help us determine the best solution for the renovation. This renovation is a challenge for Strukton, because maintenance of the trains must continue as usual. There is a capstan in the old hall that must remain in operation during the renovation for a long period of time. Technicians must experience minimum inconvenience from the renovation. Strukton had the best possible proposal for achieving this." adds Leo van Dongen, NS Engineering Director.

Integrated approach
The know-how of various Strukton companies will be used in constructing the new maintenance hall. Part of the existing hall will be demolished by GBN Waste Management, and Strukton Milieutechniek will look after soil decontamination. Colijn will construct the foundation for the new hall. Strukton Worksphere will subsequently construct the superstructure, a new 175-metre-long hall, including all technical systems. The existing capstan system, the basement where the train bogies are disassembled and assembled, will continue to be in operation during the construction. Strukton Rail is installing the tracks in the new maintenance hall. With this integrated approach, Strukton will achieve a safe and modern maintenance hall for maintaining the new Sprinters.

The architect designed this extensive construction work, with its dynamic lines, so that it blends in the environment.

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