It is good to see that the skills infrastructure to support the HS2 and HS3 projects is beginning to take shape. It is being reported widely that ground has been broken at the Doncaster site of the proposed National High Speed Rail College. The college expects to remain on target to open its doors to students in 2017.
The Doncaster MBC website provides some impressions of the building (created by Bond Bryan Architects – one of which accompanies this post) and describes its functions and facilities.
The college will be built at Doncaster’s Lakeside and will be in good company with established rail industry businesses nearby such as DB Schenker, Volker Rail and Hitachi. Crucially, easy access for employers and students from across the UK is pretty well guaranteed.
The three storey high college will serve 1,050 students who will study four specialist pathways:
1. Track rolling stock
2. Railway infrastructure
3. Traction power supply and distribution
4. Business management and operation planning
The facilities will include a 1,900 square metre workshop area, external track, teaching classrooms, informal learning areas, open project spaces, a 120 seat capacity lecture area, seminar and meeting rooms and an atrium social area open to the public.
Within the atrium there will be a coffee area on the ground floor and a catering kitchen on the second floor with seating for about 200 people enjoying views out of the building and across the workshop.
Bond Bryan’s website is linked below: