National College for High Speed Rail campuses set to be built in Birmingham and Doncaster

8 November 2015 (Last Updated November 8th, 2015 18:30)

Designs for the proposed National College for High Speed Rail headquarters have been unveiled for public comment in Birmingham, UK.

HSRC Doncaster campus

Designs for the proposed National College for High Speed Rail headquarters have been unveiled for public comment in Birmingham, UK.

Planned as a three-storey, 5,700m² structure, the building will be developed on the site of the former Birmingham Science Park off the A4540 Dartmouth Middleway and Lister Street.

Formal planning application for the development will be submitted to Birmingham City Council following the public consultation phase, with a decision expected in March 2016.

Construction works for the project aim to start from April 2016, with the college expected to be opened in September 2017.

Along with the headquarters at Birmingham, an additional college campus will also be developed at Doncaster.

The government had unveiled plans to fund a training programme for HS2 engineers at the two new college campuses last year.

Doncaster Council has already received planning application for the National College for High Speed Rail development.

"Doncaster Council has already received planning application for the National College for High Speed Rail development."

The 7,200m² centre is also planned as a three-storey building and will be developed by Willmott Dixon, which has been appointed the lead contractor for the college's design and build.

This campus is also scheduled for a September 2017 opening and awaits necessary approvals, following which its construction is expected to start in April 2016.

Bond Bryan Architects has collaborated with other consultants to conduct appropriate feasibility studies for the modern building at Doncaster's Lakeside campus.

Willmott Dixon has also been selected as the preferred bidder for the Birmingham headquarters development, reports Construction Enquirer.


Image: Illustrative view of east elevation at proposed National College for High Speed Rail's campus in Doncaster. Photo: courtesy of Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council.