Adelaide Train Maintenance Facility, Belfast


A purpose built 24-hour facility on a brownfield site which serves Translink’s fleet of trains – providing stabling, re-fuelling and wash facilities along with a maintenance and cleaning shed and associated offices, staff facilities and storage.

White Ink’s design concept was to create a hierarchy of buildings across the site, with the Depot being the main building. A consistent palette of materials was used across all of the buildings in order to create a cohesive identity for the overall site.

The Depot, at over 200m long, is a slick linear box clad in silver metallic cladding with translucent Kalwall cladding to the south façade, through which the interior is bathed in diffused daylight. The accommodation/staff block is articulated at first floor as a projecting, floating box in distinctive red cladding. It projects at high level beyond the main shed, its dynamic form referencing the trains within.

The buildings base is detailed in simple blue grey brick that is used throughout the rest of the site for ancillary buildings. Careful detailing and coordination of services has ensured that the box forms are uncluttered and bold.

Photography by Aidan Monaghan

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