Dixon has followed up its role to build a headquarters in Birmingham for HS2’s
delivery team by being appointed main contractor to design and construct the
flagship HS2 college in Doncaster.
company was selected for the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) by
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council through Scape Group’s National Major
Works framework with work on site starting four weeks earlier than planned.
college comprises 7600m2 of teaching and workshop space and includes
significant specialist rail equipment such as 150m of external track and
catenary. Set for completion in August 2017, the college will meet HS2’s future
training needs, as well as those in the wider rail sector, by providing a ‘real
work environment’ to prepare students for work on high-speed rail
Dixon is also on site with enabling works for the Birmingham campus of the
NCHSR for Birmingham City Council. This joint-procurement has delivered
significant efficiency savings to date, with a co-ordinated supply chain,
design approach and full use of Level 2 BIM across both schemes.
project has a core value of “One college, two sites.” Both campuses comprise a landmark building,
intended to inspire and motivate students.
plans are a boost for the construction industry which has an estimated annual
skills deficit of 50,000 due to more skilled workers leaving than joining the
is also the third time in 12 months that Doncaster has used Scape to provide a
fast and efficient procurement route. Willmott Dixon and Scape have worked
together to deliver the council’s first new primary school in a generation,
Carr Lodge Academy, as well as 120 homes for affordable rent in Victoria Court,
Bentley, plus a waste transfer scheme.
Like all Scape projects, 40% of build spend for the college will be on
companies located within a 20 mile radius.
Robinson, Scape Group Chief Executive:
“HS2 is essential to
rebalancing our economy and creating a Northern Powerhouse. A project of this
scale requires a fresh pool of talent equipped with a wide range of skillsets.
As many as 2,000 apprenticeships will be created by HS2 with around 25,000
employed during its construction, which will be a substantial boost to our
industry talent pool. We are excited to be playing a crucial role in a project
which will help to rekindle a sense of pride in careers in construction as well
as helping to create a consistently strong UK PLC.”
Director for Willmott Dixon’s construction activities in the North, Anthony
“We already have a big presence in Doncaster where our projects
are acting as a catalyst for continued growth, so are delighted our involvement
in the college will strengthen this by helping the town remain at the heart of
the UK rail sector."