Rail HQ ‘on time’

Network Rail's new national centre is taking shape near the railway station in central Milton Keynes

Network Rail's new national centre is taking shape near the railway station in central Milton Keynes

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THREE thousand Network Rail employees are on track to move to their new base in Milton Keynes on time next summer.

Howard Penstone, the not-for-profit company’s development manager, told the July meeting of the City Breakfast Club that the £110million development of the site near the central railway station is on time.

The new building will have four office blocks linked by internal bridges. It will have security gates, a coffee bar, a convenience store, meeting areas and be open plan.

Speaking at the meeting in the Doubletree by Hilton at stadium:mk, Mr Penstone said: “It has been designed to inspire better ways of working through the quality of the environment.” He believes the environment will be conducive to more efficient and effective working and to help retention of key staff.

The move is hoped to save Network Rail £20million a year through property savings, mainly in London.

l Mr Penstone said Network Rail’s policy on sustainable sourcing meant local companies could have an advantage when it comes to contracts. He said some 15-20 per cent of suppliers come from a five mile radius. He said companies wanting to know more should visit the Network Rail website.