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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.

In recent times 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

Our students have participated in the Construction Live Project. Watch our students build a 9m tall replica of the Barcelona Communications Tower:

This project, sponsored by industry, was run over two weeks including a one week residential at the Constructionarium in Norfolk. Whilst planning and building their scaled down version of the Barcelona Communications Tower, students had to 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."

Louise Lawson

BSc Quantity Surveying

Find out more information about the Construction Live Project.

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