Balfour Beatty launched its new Rail Innovation Centre at its Raynesway facility in Derby on June 28, dedicated for research, development and testing activities.
The centre covers over 450 Sqm and will support Balfour Beatty’s contribution to the development of the digital railway for a more reliable, cost efficient and safe railway network for all users across the UK and overseas.
“The Rail Innovation Centre is at the heart of Balfour Beatty’s technology offering with the specific purpose of driving efficiencies and safety across the rail network for those who work on the railway and ultimately the travelling public,” Mark Bullock, Balfour Beatty’s Chief Executive Officer for Rail and Utilities, said.
The new Rail Innovation Centre will bring together Balfour Beatty’s expertise in systems engineering, computer science, robotics, data analytics, electronics and electrical & mechanical engineering.
In combination with company’s York and Matlock offices, it will employ over 150 leading technicians, engineers, data scientists and developers with expertise and knowledge of the design, operation and maintenance of the railway.
The centre will be home to the latest developments in measurement systems, predict and prevent technology, signalling and data science.
The new facility will enable collaboration and knowledge sharing with a range of stakeholders and industry partners, the strengthening of company’s relationships with the data science community and further mutually beneficial links with universities.
Initially, the centre will provide new jobs across a range of disciplines and will allow Balfour Beatty to maintain and grow its graduate and technical schemes to develop the next generation of rail engineers. It will initially employ four graduates, five apprentices and three trainees.