UWE's new student village is valuable learning tool

Issue date: 13 October 2005

UWE’s flagship student village is valuable learning tool for students

Nearly 200 young people from the South West an South Wales will get a taste of construction when they visit the University of the West of England’s £80m new student village and sports hall project this week.

Bristol UWE and construction firm Carillion Plc are inviting young people to visit the major construction site on the Frenchay Campus as part of a coordinated programme of events during National Construction Week (NCW).

Young people from schools and colleges in the South West and South Wales have been invited to visit the University and take part in workshops as well as benefiting from a first hand visit to a major building site.

On Monday 10 October around 25 year 9 girls from Kingswood Partnership schools in South Goucestershire will take part in a challenge to design their ‘ideal house’, learn about careers in construction and visit the construction site at UWE.

On Wednesday 12 October around 150 students from local colleges and from the University’s own courses will get the chance to hear detailed presentations from professionals including architects, construction managers and quantity surveyors working on the project. The presentations will be followed by a site visit where students will be able to see a major project building site in action.

Tony Westcott, Chair of the Built Environment Faculty Board at Bristol UWE says, “The University’s new student village and sports hall is a high profile, fast track project which is scheduled to open in September 2006 for the new academic year. Not only is this a major investment for the University in its future students, but we are able to use it as a valuable learning tool for our own students and young people in the area.

“By working closely with the construction company Carillion we have been able to provide a whole range of learning opportunities throughout the project. From the outset Carillion have been keen to collaborate with us on developing learning opportunities from the promotion of construction as a career through to research on working relations within the construction industry. This project is a great opportunity for the University to develop and demonstrate ‘best practice’ as a client, as well as teaching about it in lectures.

“By working with Carillion and CITB Construction Skills*, we are able to provide a real ‘hands-on’ experience coupled with presentations from those working on the project. We hope this will be a valuable learning experience for the young people who visit the University this week.”

Through a programme of short presentations specialist members of the project team will present a case study of the project, focusing on design, project management, construction, sustainability and health and safety issues.

Editors notes

For full details of events in National Construction Week see: www.ncw.org.uk

NCW is a Construction Skills event. Construction Skills is a partnership of CITB Construction Skills and other agencies working under the Construction Skills banner for NCW. (CITB – Construction Industry Training Board)

New student village at Frenchay Campus is being built by Carillion plc, designed by Building Design Partnership (BDP), and project managed by Capita Symonds.

• Work on the new student village at the Frenchay Campus of Bristol UWE began in January this year and is due to open in September 2006.
• The project, costing just under £80m, includes new sport facilities and accommodation for nearly 2,000 students in flats. The accommodation draws on the latest best practice in terms of accessibility, security and sustainability.
• The student accommodation will be linked to the University’s IT network and most of the facilities available in tutorial rooms, computer labs and the library will be accessible from the student flats. This includes UWE’s on-line virtual learning environment (one of the largest in the UK), databases and fast internet access.
• The integration of academic, study and social experiences will help new students feel more involved and better supported by the University.

The new sports hall facilities comprise:

• A main hall, with a viewing gallery, which can cater for: basketball, volleyball, badminton, 5-a-side football, trampolining, indoor hockey, netball and cricket.
• An aerobics studio on the first floor with a wooden sprung floor will host a variety of exercise classes and will also be used for dance.
• A new state of the art multi-fitness suite with cardiovascular, resistance machines and free weights. This area will also benefit from audio visual entertainment while people exercise.
• Two glass backed squash courts
• Indoor and outdoor changing facilities.
• A physiology lab for testing and monitoring performance of elite and club level athletes.
• A café area will provide light refreshments to all visitors to the facility.

Carillion Building is a UK market leader in commercial building, focused primarily on the residential, education, retail and office sectors. Carillion Building delivers through all types of procurement from fee-based consultancy agreements through to all traditional contracting forms and PFI / PPP. Carillion Building, as part of Carillion Business Services (CBS), leads the way in sustainable construction with operating efficiency and environmental performance designed into each solution. CBS is made up of the existing Carillion businesses of consultancy (TPS), construction (Carillion Building) and facilities management (Carillion Services). Sustainable development is at the heart of the company – by designing, building and operating property, the company is able to incorporate the right materials into the project design, thus enabling its customers to make cost savings over the entire duration of the lifecycle.

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