Lisbon 2018 | Plasterboard

National College for High Speed Rail

United KingdomUnited KingdomCompany Name: Tudorharp Ltd

Project description

Taking design inspiration from Victorian train sheds, the National College for High Speed Rail is a state of the art, purpose-built training facility. Designed to create a revived sense of excitement around the rail industry, the £21m college will play a key role in attracting and generating the workforce that will design and build the UK’s new high-speed rail network and future infrastructure projects. With a strong focus on adaptable learning spaces the 3-storey building features teaching areas, open project spaces and a 1,900 m2 engineering workshop, complete with two sets of 150 m-long railway tracks that can accommodate a full-size locomotive.


Tudorharp Ltd

Doncaster based Tudorharp Ltd is a long-established specialist in dry lining, suspended ceilings, plastering and rendering, screeding, tiling and decoration.

Impact resistant
Gypwall EXTREME, Rigidur H, Glasroc F MULTIBOARD
Acoustic control
Isover Acoustic Partition Roll 1200
Indoor air quality
Gyptone QUATTRO 41 Activ’air®

Key Achievements

  • Delivered a world class facility, on time and on budget.
  • From a 74-week total project build, 10,000m2 of dry lining was installed in just 34 weeks.
  • Impressive internal finish and aesthetics.
  • Flexible design that offers the client real longevity.
  • Client is delighted with the results.

Key Challenges

Installation of more than 10,000m2 of plasterboard within tight programme timescales.
Construction of expansive, full-height curved internal wall.
Technically complex cantilevered roof details.
Needed to develop a unique solution to the challenges of anchoring the large bulkheads.
Intrinsic challenges of working at height, while also delivering an excellent finish.


Building owner:
The National College for High Speed Rail
Bond Bryan Architects Ltd
Main contractor:
Willmott Dixon
Phil Hedley
Saint-Gobain Team:
Paul Makler – Sales ManagerAndrew Callens – Specification Manager