Making the grade

Architectural Technology BSc(Hons) graduates have scooped a technical design award for renovation and extension of a Grade 2 listed building.

The team, from Cityzen, the architecture and engineering practice in Portslade, beat competition from across the region to win the Best Extension or Alteration category in this year’s Local Authority Building Control South East Awards.

All winners progress to the Grand Finals to be held in London later this year.

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National award for our school

A commitment to promote the careers of women has won the University of Brighton’s School of Environment and Technology (SET) a national award.

SET has received a Bronze Award from the Equality Challenge Unit’s Athena SWAN Charter which was established in 2005 to encourage efforts to advance women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

A Silver Award was achieved by the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), run jointly by the universities of Brighton and Sussex. The awards are valid for four years during which both schools will implement a robust action plan to progress gender equality in their schools. The schools join the University of Brighton’s School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Science in holding a school level Athena SWAN award.

Professor Tara Dean, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, is Chair of the Athena SWAN Steering Group and is University of Brighton’s Gender Equality Champion.  She said: “We are very proud that both SET and BSMS have been formally recognised for their commitment to promoting gender equality by attaining the prestigious Athena SWAN Bronze and Silver awards respectively.

“The awards are a tribute to the hard work of the many staff in putting strategies in place to support gender equality, and the genuine institutional commitment to this endeavour.” Read More

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 – Plant training

As part of the level 4 Built Environment field course to Construction Live, students were given the opportunity to drive and operate various types of plant on site, including dumper trucks, 360 excavators and telehandler forklifts.  This was all carried out under the supervision of qualified instructors in safe conditions but gave the students a real insight into the skill necessary to operate this type of machinery effectively.

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.

 

 

 

Women in Property award presentation

On Monday the 19th of February I gave my presentation to the judging panel for the Women in Property (WiP) awards, having been nominated by Dr Hannah Wood, head of Building Surveying at the University of Brighton. The judging day for the South East region was held at Bouygues Head Quarters in Waterloo, myself and two other students from my university caught up in the lobby before my presentation.

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Celebrating International Women’s Day 2018

To mark International Women’s Day in 2018 we are celebrating the achievements of just some of the academics working here at Brighton.

Our Women of Impact web feature demonstrates how our academic staff are achieving great things, working on the complex challenges facing society, educating and inspiring the next generation and making an impact in communities. The varied and diverse career journeys illustrate the huge range of talent that we welcome at the University of Brighton.

From civil engineering and construction read these profiles


Dr Heidi Burgess – Managing Flood Risk

Dr Heidi Burgess, a Chartered Civil Engineer, brings together different disciplines to reduce flood risk as climate changes is causing more people to be at risk from flood events.

Della Madgwick – A Passion for Housing
Della graduated from university with a degree in Civil Engineering and went on to forge a long career as a professional in the Built Environment. She has presented research at COBRA, the world’s leading annual construction building and real estate conference, and has recently been appointed as Chair of the Subject Area Review for the Built Environment at the University.

CIOB Bright Futures Challenge – The Final

In February 2018 a team of student from the Built Environment subject area took part in the regional heats of the CIOB Brighton Futures Challenge, where they came thirds overall, securing them a place in the final. The Final was held last week at the Ballymore head offices and Wardian site, Canary Wharf, London. Despite the snowy conditions we made it to site on time so were able to look around the area at all of the ongoing construction work.

The final consisted of a site visit around the Wardian site, a residential-led development under construction from Eco World-Ballymore and designed by architect firm Glenn Howells. The scheme consists of two skyscrapers , upon completion, expected to be in 2019, Wardian London will be one of the tallest residential developments in London and the United Kingdom. Once the site visit was complete, students were given 90 minutes to prepare a 10 minute presentation analysing the use of prefabrication on the project and identifying where they could make improvements, this was then presented to the project team and CIOB representatives.

The Brighton team were commended for their presentation and came second in the overall competition, narrowly missing out on the top prize. Overall it was a really enjoyable day and the team made lots of connections with industry professionals.

The Brighton team consisted of Building Surveying graduate and MSc Town Planning student Tavis Stringer and Project Management for Construction undergraduate students Rhys Hooks and Dafydd Rees (in final year), and Taka Musimurimwa (in second year).

 

The Brighton design sketch

From the Waste House to the Living House…

…Brighton chosen for sustainable house build

 The University of Brighton has been chosen to compete in a global competition to design and build a house using new technologies and reclaimed materials.

Brighton is the only UK university to be shortlisted in the U.S. Department of Energy’s biennial ‘Solar Decathlon Europe’ contest which challenges teams of students and staff to combine innovation, market potential, and efficiency.

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