Birmingham targets possible sites for HS2 College

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Posted by APM on 16th May 2014

Birmingham has identified four sites as the potential location for the HS2 College, should they win the rights to the contract.

The college estimated at 20 million to build is set to be the first new further education college constructed in England in 20 years.

It will be used to train engineers building the planned high speed rail line, known as HS2, between London and Birmingham, which will later be extended to Manchester and Leeds. 

Birminghams site proposals include land at Eastside Locks and Jennens Road in Eastside as well as Birmingham Science Park Aston and Riverside in Perry Barr. The internationally recognised Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education at the University of Birmingham also forms part of its bid.

The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has submitted its proposal to Government. GBSLEP deputy chairman Steve Hollis, said: We know that HS2 will have a huge economic impact on Greater Birmingham our aim is to maximise this, make the most of the Governments investment in the project and rebalance the economy.

However, the city is bidding against Coventry, and Wolverhampton while Milton Keynes, Leicestershire, Derby and Crewe are also considering submitting plans, according to the Birmingham Post.

Mr Hollis added: Our proposals are built on solid foundations shaped by key private sector employers and supported by strong local authority, educational and skills networks.

The successful bidder is expected to be announced this summer, with the college set to be created by 2017.

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