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Mayor Ros Jones and Roger Morton from Willmott Dixon at the site

Construction of the National College for High Speed Rail is right on track

Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones who visited the site was impressed with the how the building was shaping up: “The National College for High Speed Rail has a real presence. The cutting edge design and expanse of windows will make this an iconic building at Lakeside.

“As well as looking the part, the benefits of this college for Doncaster and the region are really significant. It will have a major impact on our economy supporting people into new, highly skilled, and rewarding careers in the expanding rail industry and helping our rail firms to flourish.”

Roger Morton, Willmott Dixon’s Construction Manager at the site, said: “Construction is going well with the building now watertight and internal works well underway. It is a hive of activity on site and we are well on track to complete the National College for High Speed Rail so it can open in September next year.”

The NCHSR will operate over two sites in Doncaster and in Birmingham. Its state-of-the art training facilities will offer a variety of courses developed with leading employers so students gain the skills the rail industry needs.

Last week the NCHSR Board met in Doncaster to discuss progress.

Sir Terry Morgan, Chair of the National College for High Speed Rail Board, said: “It was good to see the excellent progress made as the National College for High Speed Rail gears up for its first intake of students at its two campuses in Doncaster and Birmingham next year. The college will attract a new and diverse workforce into the rail industry and provide them with the specialist training and hi-tech skills required to work on major infrastructure projects the UK needs to compete globally.”

Clair Mowbray, Chief Executive of the National College added: “We’re delighted to confirm that everything is on track for the college to open in September 2017. The support we’ve received from the local business community has been fantastic, and we’re now working closely with them to identify the first generation of apprentices to train at the college. We’re also busy arranging installation of industry-standard specialist kit, so that our learners are exposed to the very latest technology. Anyone interested in finding out more about the college should visit our website at and follow us on social media.”

A short film showing the construction at the Willmott Dixon site has also been produced: aerial footage of the National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster