Contractor: Willmott Dixon
Contractor: Willmott Dixon
The National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) will support the high
speed rail industry generally, but have a specific role in ensuring the
skills requirements of HS2 are met. It will act as a centre for excellence
leading the development of broader curriculum requirements and linking
with other providers to ensure connectivity both in terms of sharing
intelligence and flow of learners.
The College will operate from two sites; Birmingham and Doncaster, as
announced in September 2014 and the College headquarters will be
housed within the Birmingham building.
The project comprises the demolition of an individual building on the
Venture Way site, including an adjacent area of hard standing, currently
used for car parking, and the construction of a new 5,703 m2 College building that will also serve as the operational headquarters of the
The building will be constructed over three storeys and
accommodate up to 700 students and NCHSR managerial and
administrative staff and will include a workshop and learning spaces
reflecting the curriculum emphasis on digital technologies at the
Birmingham building. The building will exploit the opportunities offered
by the canal side location to create attractive external social space and
the access and visibility afforded from the adjacent to Dartmouth
Middleway within an established education and science cluster
(including Aston University and Birmingham Science Park).
The contractor for the construction of the College building in
Birmingham is being procured through the Constructing West Midlands
(CWM) Framework operated by ACIVICO on behalf of Birmingham City
Following a mini competition Willmott Dixon Construction were selected
as the preferred contractor in July 2015 and took responsibility for
progressing the design on the 14th August 2015 from the end of RIBA
RIBA Stage 3 design is underway and is scheduled to complete by 6th
November at which point a planning application will be submitted.
The site clearance and demolition of the building is being progressed as
an advanced works package through Willmott Dixon and is currently out
Equipment within the scope of the capital application to BIS will be
procured via Willmott Dixon Construction via the CWM Framework.
A decision will be made by the College Board in due course on how
additional equipment to be provided via the Employers’ Leadership
Pledge and HS2 supply chain partners should be procured
A public consultation event is planned in October 2015 prior to
submission of the Planning Application. Consultation has taken place
with various rail industry employer organisations through a series of
employer engagement sessions facilitated by HS2 Ltd during the brief
development phase of the project. Aston University; Birmingham
Science Park and Canals & Rivers Trust have all been consulted as
neighbouring interests and/or key stakeholders.