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!
On November the 5th this year, instead of preparing for bonfire celebrations three Civil Engineering students undertook their first visit to the Knepp Castle Estate, where their final year dissertation projects are going to be based. Read More →
A visit to the site of Clay’s Lake flood prevention scheme in West Sussex provided a group of civil engineering students with a valuable glimpse of ‘what collaborative engineering work looks like’.
Taking place on Monday 29th October 2018, around 45 students visited the Clay’s Lake site where flood prevention works are being carried out by Mackley working as part of Team Van Oord and on behalf of the Environment Agency.
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.
First year civil engineering students took a close-up look at £31m defences being constructed to protect against floods and future sea level rises.
They were taken on a tour of the Adur Tidal Walls scheme which is being carried out by Team Van Oord on behalf of the Environment Agency, Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, Adur District Council and West Sussex County Council.
A group of students visited the Shoreham Adur Tidal Walls Scheme as part of the Civil Engineering Practice module. We saw sections of the £31m flood defence scheme carried out by Mackley, working as part of Team Van Oord, to improve the flood defences at along the mouth of river Adur at Shoreham. The scheme addresses the current flood risk, and future risk as sea levels rise.
Within the context of Building Pathology and Life Care, students conducted a thorough Condition Survey of the St Bartholomew’s Church, Brighton. This neo-gothic building was built in the 1870s and has been an integral part of the local community ever since. The building is one of the tallest churches in England. Students identified major defects and recommended remedial works in the form of a ‘5-year Life Care plan’ for the Church of England.
This project exemplifies the real-life challenges that construction professionals (particularly Building Surveyors, Architectural Technologists and Construction Project Managers) encounter in their day-to-day activities when working on historic buildings.
Our first year civil engineering students enjoyed a site visit to Clay’s Lake Dam and Flood Detention Reservoir on Wednesday last week. The visit was organised in partnership with J T Mackley & Co Ltd, who are carrying out the flood prevention work at Clay’s Lake as part of Team Van Oord on behalf of the Environment Agency.
A group of our Civil Engineering students visited the site of a flood prevention scheme in West Sussex to gain an insight into what collaborative engineering looks like.
The visit to Clay’s Lake was organised with Mackley and was designed to help students develop their understanding of how theory works in practice.
Civil Engineering student Lottie Ashcroft said “We learned about all aspects of the project, including sustainability, planning and design, whilst gaining an insight into the various job and responsibilities of civil engineers.”
Scott Sedon adds “The visit gave me a good insight of what collaborative engineering work looked like, and also allowed me to question the professionals which increased my depth of understanding of the engineering world.”
As part of welcome week, new students studying Built Environment and Civil Engineering courses were given the opportunity to visit one of Brighton’s newest attractions and feats of engineering – the British Airways i360 observation tower.
To start, students attended a talk by one of the projects engineers – Nigel Hosker from HOP Engineers. They learned about the history of the site and the process and challenges of building the i360 structure. The tower is designed as a 162 m (531 ft) tall needle structure with an ascending and descending circular viewing platform with capacity for 200 people. It is Britain’s highest moving observation tower, with a viewing platform at 138 metres (453 feet), and views along the coast, across the South Downs and across the English Channel.
Following the talk, students made their way to the tower to take their flight, this was an amazing experience, especially as many of the students are new to Brighton. It gave them a real appreciation of the city and surrounding landscape and luckily the weather was perfect providing exceptional views.