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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Environmental Award winner

Recent university graduate Elliot Batty was one of the joint winners of the university’s Environmental Award for his final year project.

Elliot, who studied for an MEng Civil with Environmental Engineering, along with Hannah Parker, who is based at the Hastings campus and studied a BSc Biology (as part of the university’s Joint Honours Programme), were joint winners of the 2017 Summer Award. Both students received a £200 cash prize, and a certificate which were presented at their respective graduation ceremonies in July.

Now in its third year, the Environmental Award aims to promote sustainability in the curriculum by recognising innovative and inspiring environmental projects that can be put into practice.

For his final year project Elliot ‘led an investigation into the design of large woody debris dams and their effect on channel flow’. This looked at how implementing different large woody debris dams could reduce flooding.

Elliot said: “I chose to study at Brighton as it offered a combination of civil with environmental engineering, so my focus at university has always had this emphasis. This award, therefore, has a particularly special meaning as I have poured four years of my life into creating a career in sustainable engineering.

I have always had particular interests in climate change which drove my final year project on large woody debris dams. The laboratory experiments took one month of constant making and testing of the dams, so to be recognised for this hard work is a great honour!”

 

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Mariyana reaches for the sky

Our graduate, Mariyana Stoyanova is climbing the career ladder on what will be one of Europe’s tallest residential towers.

Mariyana has been employed as a Construction Graduate on Berkeley Group’s multi-million-pound South Quay Plaza development which includes a 20m swimming pool, spa and gymnasium, in Canary Wharf, London.

Mariyana Stoyanova

Mariyana was awarded a BA(Hons) Architecture at Brighton in 2014 and later an MSc in Construction Project Management and is now on Berkeley’s Graduate Scheme. So far she has worked in Sales and Marketing, Customer Services, Operations and Finance.

She said: “I had always thought I wanted to be an architect – it was my childhood dream – but during my degree I realised I was far more interested in the construction process itself, in terms of how we put things together and more importantly how we manage the process.

“Construction remains a very male-dominated field. Despite that, progressively more women are being employed in the industry. There are still not many well-known female role models in the industry but this did not stop me from pursuing a career in something I am passionate about and enjoy.

“Currently, I am working towards developing my skills and knowledge of the industry further. I am confident in coaching team members and managing colleagues, however I would like to gain more knowledge and experience in managing projects in the construction industry in a disciplined and effective way. My ambitions lie in one day having gained the knowledge and skills required to manage a whole project.

“During my Architecture degree, I found myself predominantly designing residential properties despite the open briefs – this wasn’t intentional, it was just what I found most engaging and interesting. This led me to research and learn more about the industry and the more knowledge I gained, the more interested I became.

“Attending a careers fair at university is an easy and effective way of finding what employers have to offer to those leaving university. Employers tend to attend because they are looking to recruit, providing a great opportunity to secure employment prior to leaving university.”

Mariyana described her Berkeley’s job as: “Exciting, engaging and rewarding, allowing me to work with motivated, passionate and dedicated colleagues.”

And of the company’s graduate scheme, she said: “I feel like the amount of exposure, experience and knowledge I have gained during my short time at Berkeley so far will be undoubtedly very beneficial further down the line. The work I get involved in is so varied and provides numerous learning and development opportunities, which I believe will be essential for my career progression.”

University of Brighton CIOB student awards

Each year the local centre of the Chartered Institute of Building present the student with the highest marked dissertation in Construction Management or Project Management for Construction with an award for excellence.

This year two graduating students received the award as they achieved the joint highest mark.  Josh Warby and Michael Smith were presented with their award by Centre Chairman, Paul Hawkings at the recent BIM CPD event at the University.

Congratulations to Josh and Mike on their achievement!

Mike recieving his award

Mike recieving his award

Josh recieving his award

Josh recieving his award

Award winning paper

Congratulations to Yahya Ibraheem for winning the SEEDS 2016 Award for Contribution to the Built Environment” at the International SEEDS conference 2016 in Leeds this month.

Yahya won the award for his paper title “Integrated Façade System for office buildings in hot and arid climates: A comparative analysis”.

Yahya is studying for his PhD here at Brighton on the subject of integrated façade systems for highly to full glazed office buildings in hot and arid climates.

Well done Yahya!

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