National College for High Speed Rail - Birmingham - NCHSR

Tuesday, 5 January 2016 - 1:45pm
Project Date: 
January 2016

NCHSR - Birmingham




Project Outline:

Government gave the go ahead for the High Speed Rail network, called High Speed Two (HS2) in 2012 which involves a ‘Y-shaped’ rail network providing direct, high capacity, high speed rail links between London and Birmingham and on to Manchester and Leeds. HS2 will improve capacity across Britain’s rail network, shorten journey times between major cities, boost the economy and create thousands of jobs. In 2014, Government announced that the home of the new National College High Speed Rail (NCHSR) will be located in Birmingham and Doncaster with the headquarters also based within the Birmingham campus.

NCHSR will provide specialist vocational training to the next generation of engineers working on the High Speed 2 (HS2) project and beyond. It is being developed in partnership with the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), Department for Transport, Birmingham City Council, Doncaster Council and HS2 Ltd.

Acivico have managed NCHSR from feasibility & concept design stages and procurement using CWM Framework. Technical design is currently being progressed with construction partner Willmott Dixon Construction under a design & build basis. Project architect has been appointed as Bond Bryan Architects who are leaders in creating modern FE/HE sector buildings. Planning submission was achieved mid November 2015 with a proposed start of demolition from January 2016. NCHSR Birmingham project value is £21.7m.

NCHSR is an exciting and challenging project which will create a valuable asset for Birmingham citizens providing an environment conducive to learning and skills development for future generations. The design aims to achieve a memorable, unique and outstanding building.

For NCHSR, Acivico are providing a range of services including:

Project management CDM principal designer

Quantity surveying & cost management Building control

Clerk of Works

Architectural design and design review Building surveying


College operation is scheduled for September 2017.