Why Redevelop?

In its heyday, Wolverton Works was a thriving railway operation employing thousands of local people. It is currently operated by Knorr-Bremse RailServices (UK) Limited, a hugely successful multinational company.

As a modern and progressive company operating in a highly competitive market, Knorr-Bremse needs secure, modern and fit-for-purpose premises. Due to the poor state and unsuitability of most of the buildings, Knorr-Bremse must carry out its current operations in small areas within many different buildings across the site. It is currently estimated that, if all operations were consolidated into modern buildings, only half of the site would be required for Knorr-Bremse’s current, as well as its future, operations.

As such, there is an opportunity to secure the long-term use of the site for continued railwayrelated employment, whilst also delivering new uses that will benefit Wolverton as a whole.

Team Track Record

St. Modwen is the UK’s leading regeneration specialist and an expert in the renewal of previously developed (brownfield) sites. Operating across the country from a network of regional offices, St. Modwen delivers residential and commercial redevelopments that provide investment and growth whilst also securing the long-term future of brownfield sites.

Purcell has worked on some of the UK’s most significant buildings including the Palace of Westminster, the National Gallery, the British Museum, Canterbury and Durham Cathedrals, and Battersea Power Station. The practice has 16 studios across the UK and 3 in Asia Pacific and in 2016, was ranked 9th in the Architects’ Journal 100 awards.

Existing Buildings

Purcell looked again at the existing buildings at Wolverton Works to consider how best the character of the site can be preserved whilst at the same time delivering new buildings that meet modern standards.


As a result of Purcell’s design review, the masterplan the site was amended to better reflect the layout of the existing buildings on site and retain some key building facades.


If you have any questions about the project, you can contact a member of the team here.