A partnership between Siemens and the National Skills Academy for Rail Engineering brought about the new National Training Academy for Rail in Northampton. The building delivers training to support Siemens growing UK rail maintenance business, in addition to other interested parties.
The building was a public/private sector initiative, with the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering (NSARE), the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) and the Department for Transport (DfT), providing half the funds, whilst industry partner Siemens contributed the other 50 per cent.
The two-storey steel framed facility incorporates a mix of composite insulated cladding along with translucent polycarbonate rainscreen cladding to create a unique aesthetic which can be seen at close proximity from the West Coast Mainline, Northampton Loop as it passes the Siemens rail depot.
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The new facility has attracted lots of attention with then Transport Minister Baroness Kramer commenting: “The academy for rail, the first of its kind in the UK, is a crucial part of the government’s long-term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain. Generations of young people will benefit from the apprenticeships and training provided here to find new jobs and get on in life.”