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Construction Live field trip – Day 5

The final full day of building was a busy one for all of the teams.  The drainage and water utilities groups were able to finish laying and joining all their pipework, with the drainage team also installing a toilet ready to be connected to both the water supply and waste water drainage tomorrow. Due to…

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Construction Live – Day 4

Day 4 saw students arriving to a very wet and muddy site which added extra challenges to the construction activities. Before work could continue, the flooded trenches dug by the drainage and water utilities teams had to be pumped out due to heavy rainfall over night.  Once this was completed these teams were able to…

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Construction Live field trip – Day 3

Day three saw the most construction activity so far, the bricklaying team learnt the skills they will be using to construct the brick and block walls, from mixing mortar to laying bricks straight, level and plumb, building practice walls to test their skills.  They also spent time on the site to identify the challenges they…

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Construction Live field trip – Day 2

The second day started with an early visit to the site we are working on for the rest of the week, students are tasked with building a washroom and toilet block facility for a fictitious campsite using a number of different methods, the teams are split into the block and beam floor and wall team,…

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Construction Live field trip – Day 1

All first year built environment students are away for a week of hands on construction activities at Construction Live, run by Bridgwater and Taunton College in Somerset. We left on Sunday morning from Brighton, arriving at around 3pm ready for an afternoon of management and leadership skills training at the outdoor activity centre.  In 4 groups…

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Our INTREPID Dr Mary Geary

Barcelona’s water of life: el agua de la vida! Dr Geary travelled to Barcelona last month as part of an EU ‘Co-operation in Science and Technology’ initiative called the INTREPID training school. Here is her diary of the trip. In the famous Catalan fairy story ‚‘The Water of Life‘, also known by its original name…

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Visit to Shoreham Port for Sustainability Students

Students studying Principles of Sustainable Construction took their lecture room outside today with a visit to Shoreham Port. Tony Parker the Director of Engineering took students on a tour of the facility telling them how renewable energy powers the pump room and about the innovative way the port is moving towards zero carbon. As well as…

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