Willmott Dixon Wins Prestigious Construction Award for the National College for High Speed Rail Doncaster Campus



The National College for High Speed Rail has scooped up the top prize in the Digital Construction category at the Constructing Excellence in Yorkshire and Humber Awards 2017.

Willmott Dixon, working together with Doncaster Council and other key partners Bond Bryan Architects, Curtins Structural Consultants, Hambleton Steel and Pauley, won the award for the innovative design of the Doncaster campus, and the progress that has been made to deliver one of town’s most prestigious development projects.

Taking place on Friday, July 7, the awards focused on some of best practice in the construction sector and aimed to highlight the very best companies, collaborations and projects in the region. The Doncaster project will now go forward to the National Awards Finals in London in November.

The National College for High Speed Rail also has a campus in Birmingham and is set to open in September 2017, initially for a small group of learners who have signed up to the college’s higher apprenticeship schemes via its business partners.

The two college campuses will eventually provide 1,300 learners per year with the chance to gain world-class skills, hands on experience and stand-out qualifications.

A world-class curriculum has been developed for the college in partnership with rail and engineering businesses, ensuring that the college not only focuses on training for high speed rail but also provides transferable skills for those working on modernising Britain’s existing infrastructure.

Clair Mowbray, chief executive for the National College for High Speed Rail, said: “This award recognises our commitment to providing an innovative campus that will offer world-class training to thousands of people that want a career in the rail industry.

“The Doncaster campus is due to open very soon and is based in the heart of a town with a strong and proud rail history. It is a great achievement to be a part of winning this this award in partnership with Willmott Dixon.”

Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, said: “This is a wonderful achievement for the iconic National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster which recognises the excellent partnership working throughout the construction process. The college is set to transform the rail and infrastructure sector by delivering the high quality skills and training needed by employers in this fast paced industry.”

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