Integrated project and programme management consultancy Faithful+Gould signalled the opening of Doncaster’s new National College for High Speed Rail with the handover of the keys to the college’s chief executive Clair Mowbray.
Faithful+Gould’s Leeds office was appointed in August 2015 by Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council to provide project and commercial management services to support their delivery of the prestigious project.
A new build of 7,000 square metres, the National College for High Speed Rail is designed to address the potential skills shortages faced by HS2, and the wider rail industry, by providing specialist training to the next generation of engineers.
The new college, situated in the Lakeside area of Doncaster, off junction 1 of the M18, boasts a triple-height workshop with an inspection pit so students can inspect and maintain the full size high-speed train that will be permanently on site.
It will also house enough teaching and workshop space for up to 1,000 students, while externally there is a 150 metre long section of railway and overhead lines showcasing a range of track construction.
“This has been a fascinating and challenging project,” said Craig Hitchenor, managing quantity surveyor at Faithful+Gould’s Leeds office.
“One of the key requirements from the initial briefing stage was for the building to be flexible in order to accommodate future changes in railway technology, curriculum and teaching methods. Also, being appointed through the SCAPE framework saw us focus on social and economic local community growth.
“We’ve provided work experience and apprenticeships, while helping ensure that 20 per cent of the £25 million contract sum has been spent in the borough.”
“Faithful+Gould has a long-standing relationship with Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council having worked on a number of projects. The new National College for High Speed Rail, however, is particularly significant.
“It will create and retain employment in the area, providing a skilled workforce for a town that is steeped in the tradition of railways and set to be a significant contributor to the Northern Powerhouse”
The Doncaster campus of the college will specialise in traction, rolling stock and advanced manufacturing. Designed with a distinctive north light ‘jagged’ roofline, it evokes the rich manufacturing and rail heritage of a town that brought the world iconic steam trains such as the Flying Scotsman and Mallard.
Elsewhere, the HR and Rail Divisions of Atkins, Faithful+Gould’s immediate parent company, has provided support to the college’s management team, helping develop their curriculum, training and apprenticeships as well as their communications.
Work on the £25 million project started in March 2016 and the first cohort of students will be accepted from September 2017.