£40m confirmed for new National College for High Speed Rail

Acivico confirmed supplier to Birmingham's new National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) building in 40mil announcement.

On 14th January 2016 funding was confirmed for the new National College for High Speed Rail campus and headquarters in Birmingham and Doncaster. The Birmingham college will have a project value at £21.7 m which is to be built on the site of the former Birmingham Science Park off the A4540 Dartmouth Middleway and Lister Street.  

NCHSR is being developed in partnership with the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Department for Transport, Birmingham City Council, Doncaster Council and HS2 Ltd.

The proposal for the high speed rail network known as 'high Speed Two' (HS2)  was approved by the government on 10 January 2012.  When complete it will be a Y-shaped rail network providing direct, high speed rail links between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds and offer improved capacity across Britain’s rail network, shortened journey times between major cities and a boost to local economy by creating thousands of jobs.  

The colleges will provide specialist vocational training for future generations of engineers.  It represents the next step in developing the highly skilled workforce needed to build High Speed Two (HS2), and other major rail and infrastructure projects.  

For NCHSR Birmingham, the latest designs developed by Bond Bryan Architects for the three-storey, 5,700 square metre building have been submitted under planning application with decision due in March 2016.  BCC will develop the site and handover the building to NCHSR under formal lease on completion. Site was handed over this week to contractor Willmott Dixon Construction to start demolition & enabling works.  Main works construction is scheduled to commence in April 2016 with the college due to open to students in September 2017.  At the moment focus continues on enabling works to prepare the site and package procurement to enable agreement of target cost in March. 

Acivico are working closely with various BCC stakeholders including planning, highways, property & commercial services.  A key stakeholder is Canal & River Trust and the broader project team comprises; Fairhurst, Hoare Lea, ARES, and Turley. 

Acivico are project managing the development and providing a range of services at various stages of the project including; architectural design and design review, cost & value management, structural design review, mechanical & electrical design review, principle designer service, building control plans review, approved inspector, building surveying and site investigation services.