Acivico joins groundbreaking ceremony for Birmingham’s National College for High Speed Rail

Groundbreaking ceremonies held on Monday 9th May at Birmingham and Doncaster sites marked the official start of construction of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR). 

This is the latest milestone for the college – a new high tech training facility, which is on track to open its doors to students in September 2017 and will provide Britain’s workforce with the specialist training, skills and qualifications required to build HS2 and future rail infrastructure projects. 

The Acivico team were represented by Trevor Haynes, Shabir Hussain and Anthony Perris who together with Leader of Birmingham City Council John Clancy and College Chair Terry Morgan visited the Birmingham site located in the Learning & Research Quarter within the Curzon Development Zone. 

Trevor Haynes, Acivico Chief Executive said; 

“Acivico are very honoured to be supporting this landmark development by supplying our first class project management, cost & commercial management, principal designer, clerk of works and building control services.  

The groundbreaking ceremony marks the successful journey from concept design and my team will see the construction phase of this innovative high tech learning environment through to delivery in close collaboration with Willmott Dixon Construction and other industry leading suppliers. We are all extremely proud to have NCHSR on our doorstep” 

Pictured left to right; Peter Owen, Managing Director, Willmott Dixon Construction, Trevor Haynes, CEO Acivico, Shilpi Akbar, Assistant Director BCC, John Evans CEO NCHSR, Shabir Hussain, Project Manager Acivico. 

Minister of State for Transport Robert Goodwill said

“This landmark moment means we are one step closer to seeing students walk through the doors of the College in 2017, learning the cutting-edge skills we need to deliver HS2 and world-beating rail infrastructure.

“This shows the transformational effect that HS2 is already having on our country - boosting skills, generating jobs and supporting economic growth – before spades are in the ground next year.” 

Councillor John Clancy, Leader of Birmingham City Council said: 

“This new college is a fantastic opportunity to build skills in this city and it’s really important that people across the whole of Birmingham benefit. 

“We have thousands of talented young engineers and scientists and this will be their chance to access world-leading, cutting-edge rail technology. Birmingham will become the city of a thousand and one trades when we begin training an elite generation of high speed rail engineers.” 

Beth West, HS2 Ltd Commercial Director and member of the College Board, said: 

“The National College for High Speed Rail will help re-define what it means to be employed by the rail industry by attracting new people and providing the opportunity to create the diverse workforce that the industry aspires to. It is vital that we act now to ensure we have enough skilled people to build HS2 and the College will provide specialist vocational training for the next generation of engineers and apprentices.” 

"HS2 will improve capacity across Britain’s rail network, shorten journey times between major cities and boost the economy. It will support up to 100,000 jobs nationwide, create around 25,000 jobs during construction of Phases One and Two and create 2,000 apprenticeships".

Click here to view a computer generated fly-through of Birmingham’s new £26m state-of-art rail college.