HS2 hands over new Euston Skills Centre to Camden Council

The Euston Skills Centre

HS2 has handed over the keys to the new Euston Skills Centre to Camden Council. 

Situated in the construction accommodation building on the site of the old Maria Fidelis School, the new facility will support HS2’s strategic legacy around employment opportunities for local communities and people from disadvantaged and under-represented groups. 

It will also support workforce requirements for other infrastructure and housing in Camden.

HS2 is providing £4.1m for the delivery and to support the running of the Euston Skills Centre (ESC). Camden Council will be the sole operator of the facility.

The new centre looks out onto the site where a new HS2 station at Euston is proposed. 

To support learning, where possible, HS2’s station construction partner Mace Dragados joint venture (MDjv) has kept utility services and systems exposed to act as a learning aid for students.

The ESC is set across two floors with the ground floor designated as workshop spaces, including a large covered outdoor workshop which will be used to support learning blockwork, carpentry and wet trades. Classroom facilities have been built on the first floor.

Enabling works for the development at Euston is ongoing, despite main construction work being paused. The government is now looking at an alternative vision for Euston, including a privately funded station.

Speaking about the handover of the Euston Skills Centre, HS2’s Euston client director, Andy Swift, said: “HS2 has delivered on its commitment to provide a brand new facility for Camden which will provide training opportunities for local people across the borough. 

“Our contractor, Mace Dragados JV, have expertly constructed a centre which will serve as an educational hub in an area where we expect many career opportunities in construction and infrastructure.”

HS2, through its station construction partner MDjv, has already partnered with Camden to deliver a fast-track job training programme to support local unemployed people into a new career. 

In 2022, the two-week scheme enabled Steve Boyle to gain new skills and get a job with Clipfine, one of MDJV’s sub-contractors at Euston.

He said: “Living locally, I have been able to see first-hand the scale of change that is proposed around Euston. After hearing about training programmes to work on HS2 from the Camden Jobs and Skills Fair, I was offered the opportunity to complete a course and start a new career, even in my 50s.”

The skills centre sits on top of 40 innovative piles, which will draw ground heat through the foundations to provide carbon-free renewable energy to the building. 

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