HS2 to build construction skills training centre

18 February 2020 | By CM staff

HS2 has been given the green light to build a new two-storey construction skills training centre to provide training for local people to work on the expansion of Euston station and other local construction projects.

The development on the site of former Maria Fidelis School on North Gower Street adjacent to HS2 includes the creation of a new construction skills training centre (CSC), refurbishment of the existing Maria Fidelis School into managed workspace as well as the provision of a temporary open green space, designed by Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects.

The CSC service will support Camden residents of all ages including delivering programmes for school aged children, young people and candidates aged 18 to 65, with a focus on under-represented and priority groups.

The facility will have around 1500m2 of workshops, classrooms and careers support facilities with an external yard for training. The building has a direct view of the HS2 station development while also providing a buffer between the construction site and public open space. The new building is designed to be visually distinct from the existing Victorian school.

Structural engineer on the project is Conisbee, while Beadmans is acting as quantity surveyor, Max Fordham is undertaking mechanical and electrical work, and ADW Developments is doing pre-demolition works.

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