INTREC are privileged to have secured the position of Head Contractor on an Australian-first project – The Victorian Tunnelling Centre at Holmesglen Institute’s Drummond Street campus at Chadstone, funded by the State Government through Rail Projects Victoria (RPV),North-East Link Authority, West Gate Authority and Suburban Rail Loop Authority.
In developing the next generation of tunnelling professionals, the new Victorian Tunnelling Centre will offer both existing and new courses at this site, including Certificate= and Diploma qualifications, as well as safety-based training for working underground. By 2021, it is estimated up to 5,000 students will participate in training courses at the Victorian Tunnelling Centre each year. The new facility will include a replica mined tunnel and bored tunnel with a full height entrance, three multi-purpose engineering workrooms and training facilities including tunnel shaft and concrete lining spray simulators, as well as virtual reality experiences. Construction of the Centre, which is modeled on the successful Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy established as part of London’s Crossrail, is in its first stages.
The Centre will support Victoria’s growing construction and engineering industry by training the local workforce in underground tunnelling. It will also play a crucial part in upskilling thousands of apprentices, trainees and cadets who will deliver Victoria’s future pipeline of infrastructure projects.