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National Grid High Voltage Technologies Facility

External image of workshop building

Energy training centre & workshops

Glancy Nicholls Architects were commissioned by National Grid to design their High Voltage Technologies Facility, which was a key part of the £20m development of National Grid’s ‘Learning & Development Centre’ based at Eakring, near Newark.

The building had to provide both training and classroom space for the hundreds of apprentices that will be learning there, giving them specialist training in substation technology.

At the time of completion, The Learning and Development Centre was the only one of its kind in the UK energy industry.

The training centre plays a crucial role in providing expert training across the energy industry, and provides a comprehensive range of technical and leadership development programmes, utilising virtual reality suites, to aid in training.

The steel-framed, 2,200sqm building provides students with a double height workshop including a bridge crane, fully equipped training bays and fully fitted-out AV installations in all classrooms. The building also includes offices and staff spaces.

Keeping our power grid and electricity networks going is vital for consumers and businesses across the country. This new state-of-the-art centre in Eakring will give a bright new generation of apprentices the skills to keep our lights on and power flowing.

UK Government