National College of High Speed Rail in Doncaster is on track

Published 4th June 2015 at 2:25pm

The delivery of National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster will continue at pace after the Doncaster Council’s Cabinet agreed today (2 June 2015) to allocate funding for pre-construction preparation works to go ahead.

Capital funding of £1.1million will enable detailed design work and surveys to start which will support the planning application and construction of the National College for High Speed Rail. This funding allocation will be returned to corporate resources once grant funding is secured from the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) later in the year.

The College will be based at Lakeside in Doncaster and in Birmingham and will be the first of seven national training colleges so far announced by government to be built and open.

Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, said: “The National College for High Speed Rail will be the catalyst for continued growth in Doncaster’s thriving rail sector. Doncaster has and always will be a rail town shaping the direction of the rail industry. Last month we hosted the first Future of Rail Conference which brought hundreds of people from the industry to Doncaster to hear from leaders in the field about what lies ahead for the future of rail. The College is fundamental to the rail sector’s future and Doncaster is right at the heart of it.

“I am committed to driving our economy forward and the National College of High Speed Rail will continue to do just that. It will enable our existing world-class rail companies to flourish and be a magnet for attracting new private sector investment. This combination of benefits will in turn deliver high quality jobs and sustained economic growth for residents across the borough and wider Sheffield City Region. It is tremendous news that such good progress is being made with this key project.”

There are also likely to be additional costs associated with the College including further detailed development of the curriculum and creation of opportunities for local residents to access the College. A maximum sum of £400,000 has also been approved for this purpose by the Mayor and her Cabinet.

Excellent progress has been made with the National College for High Speed Rail which will focus on providing students with the high level skills (level 4 and 5) needed to access the thousands of high value engineering jobs created over the next few years.

The council’s project team has overseen the appointment of Willmott Dixon as the lead contractor for the design and build of the College building and the strong team, which includes Bond Bryan Architects, has completed the feasibility study for the project.

Working in partnership with the Birmingham delivery team the strategic brief for the whole College has been developed, work on the curriculum is continuing to progress well and work is underway with the planning application which will be submitted for consideration later in 2015. Subject to approval, construction of the College will start in spring 2016 with its doors opening for students in September 2017.

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