GB Railfreight (GBRf) is building a new office and training centre in Peterborough. Lindum was appointed to undertake the £3 million project and construction of the three-storey office building commenced in January, once GBRf received planning permission in December 2019.
On 30 July 2020, to mark the next phase of construction, GB Railfreight and Lindum took part in a joint event to bury a ‘time capsule’ at the site. It contains a message from GBRf managing director John Smith, a photo of the Lindum project team and the architect’s plans for the site.
In addition, the team at GBRf put into the capsule copies of a selection of Thursday’s newspapers, a GBRf tie and hi-viz vest, photos of all the GBRf staff involved in the project, the latest NOW CD – a compilation of top music tracks from 2020, a ‘price list’ of a selection of items at this time in 2020, a copy of the GBRf 20th anniversary photo book – the anniversary of which fell last year, the latest copy of GBRf News – the company’s internal magazine – and other GBRf merchandise.
Although COVID-19 has delayed the opening of the office until April 2021, both Lindum and GBRf have safely continued with the development of the site throughout the pandemic.
John Smith said: “At the start of the year, we announced that, to meet increasing demand for our services, GBRf was expanding operations by investing in new offices and training facilities. Today we take another step towards seeing that turn into reality.
“Today’s ceremony marks a significant moment, and what a year it’s been. When we look back in years to come, we will be able to reflect on what a seismic year 2020 was. Hopefully, it will also be the year GBRf truly kicked on and continued to be one of the fastest growing companies in the transport sector, despite the difficulties the UK economy faces at this time.”