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A HUGE project has recently been completed to deliver a new train depot at Old Oak Common for the Elizabeth line in London.  

Built by Taylor Woodrow, the four-year project saw the redevelopment of railway land at Old Oak Common to provide maintenance, stabling and office accommodation for the new fleet of trains that will eventually run from Reading and Heathrow through to Shenfield and Abbey Wood.

As part of this development, Gradus’ carpet tiles and barrier matting were specified, said to provide a hardwearing yet aesthetically pleasing solution for the high traffic flooring needs within the offices.

Cityscene carpet tiles were chosen in complementary Basalt and Granite shades. Emphasis carpet tiles in a contrasting red colour are said to create a bold and interesting pattern, while also helping people to navigate the corridors.

Esplanade 6000 primary barrier matting and Boulevard 6000 secondary matting were installed throughout the entrance areas. The matting reportedly increases public safety by decreasing the amount of moisture and soil tracked in, helping to minimise slip accidents. It will also prolong the appearance of the surrounding floor coverings and reduce cleaning and maintenance costs, Gradus says.

Jerry Scott, Taylor Woodrow project director for Old Oak Common Depot, said: ‘With footfall expected to be high at the new depot, we needed a flooring solution that would not only look good, but would also help increase public safety and decrease maintenance costs. The products provided by Gradus fit the bill perfectly and they’ve managed to add to the overall ambience of the depot too, a great solution.’

The facility includes a main depot building and nine maintenance roads. Transport for London (TfL) and Bombardier have begun operations at the new Elizabeth line depot with more trains being delivered ahead of the Elizabeth line opening in autumn 2019.
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