Date of release: Wednesday, July 29, 2015

 Royal Greenwich UTC pupils 

More than 60 pupils keen to pursue careers in construction and engineering have spent three days at the University of Greenwich designing a new education centre for the World Heritage Site.

The university's first Construction Summer School was held for Year 10 pupils from the Royal Greenwich University Technology College (UTC).

After being presented with a full brief for the exercise, the pupils took part in lectures, presentations and group mentoring sessions, honing the skills they needed to design and project manage such a building.

They were asked to address financial, design, construction and environmental issues before presenting their plans to a panel of the university's senior lecturers.

Deborah Sims, of the university's Faculty of Engineering & Science, was a member of the panel. She says: "They all talked with confidence about what they had done. Clearly there had been a lot of team working and collaboration going on which is really important in engineering.

"I loved all of the designs and I was very impressed with the level of detail and consideration given to the environment and sustainability issues, both crucial areas in construction."

The University of Greenwich is an active sponsor of the Royal Greenwich UTC. The event was organised by Karen Holland, the university's Progression & Development Officer.

"The students had excellent coaching from many of our top lecturers including Brian Cato and Christine Gausden, of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities, who specialise in construction and project management," she adds.

Other speakers included Ben Sullivan, Production Management Trainee at the Wates Group, David Wake, Construction Careers Adviser at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), and Howard Gilby, former Greenwich lecturer in Architecture and Landscape and now director of the architectural sustainability specialists Green9.

The UTC pupils also gained hands-on experience with the industry-standard Building Information Modelling (BIM) computer software to create 3D, walk-through models of their designs.

They were supported by a team of the university's student ambassadors studying Architecture, Civil Engineering or Design & Construction Management.

Find out more about studying with the Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities at http://www2.gre.ac.uk/about/faculty/ach or call 020 8331 9000.

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Picture: Royal Greenwich UTC pupils take on the challenges of the Construction Summer School.