The Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA)
The Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA) is a new, purpose-built facility providing training in the skills required to work in tunnel excavation and underground construction. TUCA is the only facility in Europe dedicated to the education of soft-ground tunnelling techniques. Its curriculum is driven by the needs of the industry and the large building houses a range of specialist plant and equipment. TUCA's facilities are unrivalled in Europe and specially designed to replicate the key areas of a fully-automated tunnelling project. TUCA houses specialist training facilities including a simulated pit top, pit bottom and running tunnel environment, Sprayed Concrete Lining (SCL) equipment and training support, concrete testing laboratory and loco driver training, four teaching rooms, a test centre, a large refectory and a learning resource centre.
Design of cafe, offices, teaching spaces and specialist areas.