Live projects and visits
Get first-hand experience of construction sites and major developments.
To enhance your studies, we offer you the opportunity to experience real working environments throughout your degree course. Visits to construction sites, practitioner offices, manufacturing facilities and large-scale urban developments allow you to see construction operations first-hand. You can gain a greater understanding of corporate and professional offices, have the chance to see new and cutting-edge practices implemented in relevant settings, and to gain insights into innovative methods.
Recently we have visited the BRE Innovation Park, the National Self Build & Renovation Centre and the Weald & Downland Living Museum, as well as several manufacturing facilities which focus on prefabricated building projects.
We encourage and support you to undertake summer placements and to attend regular site visits. These provide an insight into, and experience of working in, industry, while also offering further crucial networking opportunities.
Construction Live Project
You will have the opportunity to engage with practical construction during your studies, including the Construction Live Project. Watch our students build a 9m tall replica of the Barcelona Communications Tower on the Construction Live Project:
This project, run over two weeks including a one week residential at the Constructionarium in Norfolk, involves students planning and building scaled down versions of buildings, bridges and other projects from around the world. Students must adhere to industry and budgetary regulations, as well as working to a schedule with contractors and industry professionals, replicating a real working environment.
"I loved it! The Construction Live Project is one of my favourite things we did. You literally get given the plans and told to build the structure. Everyone scrambles, no-one knows what to do, so you appoint roles, you appoint teams, you start doing work. I learned so much, because we kept making mistakes.
For example, we were building a tower, and we had a base foundation and six anchor foundations. We had all these wonderful plans about how we were going to do all of the anchor foundations and base foundation on the first day, but it just didn't happen. So suddenly we had all these open excavations and it poured down with rain, flooding the holes. We just hadn't thought it through that you do each hole at a time, and so we had to borrow another site's water-pump to clear the holes. We had to really use our problem-solving skills throughout our time on-site."
Sponsored by industry, this opportunity to gain first-hand experience of turning theory into practice is open to you in your first and second years.
Find out more information about the Construction Live Project.
Find a place with us for 2017 entry
Find out more about how to apply to us through Clearing and Adjustment for 2017 entry.