Meet the Brighton graduate behind the Big Build

A Brighton graduate is playing an instrumental role in delivering a major component of the University’s Moulsecoomb campus development.

Clayton Parsons, who graduated in Project Management for Construction in 2014, is Envelope and External Works Manager for the Big Build, part of his wider position as a Site Manager at major construction company Bouygues UK.

Bouygues UK is delivering student accommodation, Students’ Union and fitness facilities, which will be completed in 2021 for development partner Uliving.

After undertaking a placement year at Bouygues during his time at the University, Clayton joined the company’s graduate scheme and then became a full-time employee. He has since worked on a number of large-scale developments. Read More

Alumni in the spotlight – Amna Al-Failakawi

Civil with Environmental Engineering BEng(Hons) graduate, Amna Al-Failakawi, was congratulated by the His Royal Highness, the Prince of Kuwait for her role in the Shaikh Jaber Al-Sabah causeway as he officially opened the bridge this month. At 48.1km long it is one of the longest bridges in the world and connects the middle of Kuwait to the north of Kuwait via two links.

“I landed my first job and was lucky enough to be appointed one of the engineers in the Shaikh Jaber Al- Sabah causeway. Last Wednesday was our opening ceremony and it was hosted by His Royal Highness the Prince of Kuwait Shaikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah. His Royal Highness congratulated me on my part of the project,” Amna tell us.

Here she tells us a little more about her time at Brighton.

How and why did you choose to work in Civil Engineering?

My mother encouraged me to pursue a degree in civil engineering, she thought that I would excel in it.

What made you chose Civil Engineering at Brighton?

My uncle is a Brighton University Alumni, he got is PhD in arts, he motivated me to apply to University of Brighton because he had good experience and good memories there which motivated me to apply. I also did some research about Brighton city, and I found that it was a multicultural city which I preferred Read More

Constructing a golden career

A Brighton graduate has won a gold medal for his construction management and leadership.

Matt Crookes triumphed in the secondary education category at the Construction Manager of the Year awards, run by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), considered the world’s largest professional body.

Matt, who graduated from the University of Brighton in 2002 with a BSc(Hons) in Project Management for Construction, said his time in the city was invaluable.

“Brighton is vibrant and creative town and a great place to learn. I very much enjoyed my time there. With my degree I was able to secure a position with a leading construction firm and have remained there ever since, progressing to the role of Project Manager.

“The course was the perfect introduction to the industry and without doubt set me on the right path for a rewarding career.”

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Alumni in the spotlight – Tracey Williamson

We interviewed Tracey Williamson, who graduated in BEng (Hons) Environmental Civil Engineering with Environmental Engineering Technology at University of Brighton in 1996.
She is currently Chair of the British Dam Society and Associate Director of the Dams and Reservoirs Engineering team in Arup. Tracey had a diverse career as supervising engineer and dam safety manager with experience in the United Kingdom and overseas. Also, Tracey is involved with research associated with the safety of embankment and concrete dams.

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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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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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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).

 

CIOB Bright Futures Challenge

Four students from the Built Environment subject area competed this week in the CIOB Bright Futures challenge for the Sussex and London region.  In total 14 teams entered from across the region, from Universities such as the University of East London, London South Bank University and Westminster University, as well as a team of graduates from a contractor.  The challenge consisted of three rounds testing the students’ knowledge, teamwork and innovation.

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