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Students celebrate live construction project success

Students studying construction and the built environment at City of Oxford College celebrated the completion of a live project today (12 February) set by one of the country’s leading construction companies.

The 12 week project was delivered by Skanska, a design, build and engineering company involved in some of the UK’s most prestigious building and infrastructure projects and involved students working in teams to come up with designs for a new roundabout in Harwell.

The project has been the first of a series of live work briefs set by City of Oxford College employer partners, who will soon be working with students at the new £8m STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) centre at the Blackbird Leys campus. The centre is due to open in September.

The event also provided current students with the opportunity to be the first to have a guided tour around the STEM centre building development to have a glimpse into their future learning environment whilst also gaining an insight into logistical elements of the building processes.

John Murray, Strategic Manager at Skanska commented: ”The students have worked really hard to produce high quality proposals in a very short time. We are impressed by the depth that they have gone into, in particular thinking about the sustainability of the proposals and the impact on the environment.

From Skanska’s perspective, this project has been a great success and I am delighted to be able to present the students with their certificates of achievement and the awards for the outstanding students.”

Student Jonathan Stimpson (Construction and the built environment Level 3) commented: “The project was very beneficial in that it contributed towards a vast amount of assignments we have been working on this year. It was great to work as part of a team and utilise other people's strengths to work towards completion of the project.”

The winning team were also presented with an invitation to visit a £19 million UK based motorway project on the M1, junction 19 that is currently being developed by Skanska.

City of Oxford College will be hosting an Open Event on Wednesday 9 March, 4-7.30pm where students and families can find out more about the STEM centre development and the range of programmes offered at the Blackbird Leys Campus.

To find out more and book your place visit www.cityofoxford.ac.uk/events