Kier project visits

Students on our construction and building courses have been enjoying fortnightly visits to the Kier Project, part of the University’s Big Build ambitious project on the Moulsecoomb campus, watching the progress of the multi-storey car park from the beginning.

It is particularly interesting to note Kier’s attitude to sustainability by viewing their water butt, recycling and composting facilities and even a bird feeding station placed adjacent to the site compound!

 

Working on Brighton’s iconic arches

 

Final Year students on Building Surveying BSc(Hons) are working with Brighton and Hove City Council to deliver ideas to restore the iconic Madeira Parade Arches and to assess the suitability of their use for commercial restoration.
BHCC have crowd funded £450,000 for the refurbishment of 3 of the arches which includes preserving the oldest and longest green wall in Europe.

 

Welcome to our new Built Environment Students

Welcome  to our new students iEnvironment.

For the first afternoon at University we had fun providing creative designs for our Solar Decathlon Project designing environmentally friendly houses for Brighton and Hungary. The knowledge and enthusiasm of the students surpassed our own expectations and great team spirit was in abundance.

COBRA 2018

Della Madgwick, Principal Lecturer in the Built Environment, has been awarded with the RICS Best Real Estate Paper Award for her paper written with ex-Building Surveying Student David Ball entitled

‘Improving Opportunities through self/ custom  build to provide home ownership in the South East.’

She was presented the award by Stephen Pryke Professor of Supply
Chain and Project Networks, The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management at UCL. The conference was attended by delegates from a global network and the papers were judged on quality, clarity and impact.

Frognal Farm Survey

Final year Building Surveying students have undertaken a survey of Frognal Farmhouse a grade II listed building. The survey was cancelled earlier on in the year due to snow and this time we had the most glorious weather.

Students are providing a professional survey to point out the presence and significance of any defects. They will receive feedback from a professional listed building Surveyor to ensure their work meets a professional standard.

Construction Live 2018

First Year Built Environment Students are at Bridgewater and Taunton College for the Construction Live Programme. They have taken part in bricklaying, carpentry, drainage, water supply works and steel fixing.

The students had the opportunity to drive plant, to fix a beam and block floor and to build brick walls with lime mortars.

This challenging programme enables them to apply some of their theoretical skills into practice.

 

 

 

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 looking at and listening to the wind turbines, they were able to view the pump room where water levels are maintained in the canal. Students also saw how the raw products used in construction such as timber, steel and construction start their on-shore journey in the UK.

Building Surveying Field Course

The final year Building Surveying students have spent 3 days learning about listed building surveys with Dr Duncan Phillips of Listed Building Surveys

They spent one day in the classroom learning about heritage and conservation  and then one day at a grade II* listed farmhouse in Kent carrying out a survey as if they had been appointed by the client.

In the field they were supported by a large number of consultants including a ‘rot’ sniffing dog who gave their time voluntarily to assist the students in developing skills in this real life experience.

The third day was spent learning about Professional Report writing.