Network Rail opens its new national centre

Jun 12, 2012

 

The first of 3,000 staff moved into The Quadrant:MK on Monday, putting the city at the centre of Britain’s railway operations and helping to cut millions of pounds a year from the cost of running the railway. 


 
The move to Milton Keynes is part of a programme of structural reform of Network Rail which devolves day-to-day control of the railway to local level and creates a new, regional infrastructure projects business.
 
The national centre will provide support to the routes and regions based in places such as York, Glasgow, Cardiff and Birmingham. The new centre will also save Network Rail tens of millions of pounds a year in office rental costs.


 
Rail traffic is forecast to increase by 33% over the next ten years. Network Rail chief executive David Higgins said: “The national centre is at the heart of our plans to improve the way we work and will help deliver a better and more efficient railway for passengers and freight.
 
"This is an exciting time for the rail industry. The railway is vital to Britain’s future economic success, connecting commerce and communities across the country. Our people based in Milton Keynes will play an integral part in its transformation.”


 
Many of the 3,000 people moving to the Quadrant:MK, built on the site of the former National Hockety Stadium, are existing employees who are relocating to the area. Network Rail is recruiting 700 new roles at all levels and across all functions. Half of the successful candidates to date come from Milton Keynes and Northampton postcodes.



Network Rail’s current office at Milton Keynes Central station will close in September, once the move to the Quadrant:MK is complete.
 
The 400,000 sq ft headquarters is at the forefront of new office developments in the country and is one of the most sustainable buildings in the country. It features a combination of cutting-edge design and the latest environmentally-friendly features.
 
The building is naturally ventilated with little reliance on air conditioning, uses recycled rainwater to flush toilets and draws power and heating from the local district energy scheme.


 
Project director Tim Coucher said: “The Quadrant:MK will bring more than environmental benefits. It will bring the right people together in a single location and improve the way we work across the business, creating an environment that encourages faster and smarter ways of working with great career opportunities.

 
“We chose Milton Keynes as the site for our new national centre because it offers a fantastic way of life, with all the amenities of a major city in the heart of the countryside. We are committed to the city for the long-term and look forward to becoming part of the fabric of life here."
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