School of the Built Environment presents.... Constructionarium
29 March 2012
LJMU students from the School of the Built Environment had an opportunity to put the theory they had learnt into practice recently, in an innovative collaboration with construction industry partners, Shepherd Construction and ISG.
45 students spent five days at Constructionarium, a field trip on a specially designed two hectare site in Bircham Newton, Norfolk. The week-long field trip consisted of constructing (scale versions) of challenging iconic construction projects on a real construction site.
In designated teams of 15, the students constructed three construction projects from a design brief including the 'Gherkin' London City, the Kingsgate Bridge Durham and the Ravenspurn Oil Platform North Sea. Students managed the projects in their entirety ensuring all health and safety guidelines and legislation were met and in some instances exceeded. They worked prior to the event on producing method statements for every activity to be undertaken and designated a team hierarchy including project management, programme management, cost management, materials management, labour management and estimation.
Constructionarium is a new concept that engages industry partners and gives students practical application which would not normally be afforded to them otherwise. Shepherd Construction and ISG Plc provided professional staff, who worked alongside academics to guide the students to plan, manage and construct the projects.
This was a first trial for LJMU and was deemed a success, one which we hope to build on in the coming years. Students' professional approach to the projects and their consistent and considerable hard work was a tribute to them, their teams and LJMU. Feedback from our students, industry partners, Constructionarium and academics has been very positive.
"The educational value and experience is vast and the response from our students was tremendous."
James Hartwell, Senior Lecturer, School of the Built Environment
"I believe passionately in the need for education to provide a sense of practicality and reality. It is fantastic to watch as the teams explore the link between design and execution and taking a scheme from drawing board to site."
Richard Cassidy, ISG Plc