To help support the learning of students at Plymouth University, we invited students to tour a live construction site and speak with its site manager.
The first year undergraduates are studying a range of relevant disciplines within the University’s Bachelor of Science programme, including Architectural Technology, Environment Construction Management and Building Surveying, all of which undertake the module “Domestic Construction Technology”. Having already covered the main principles of contemporary new home construction in the UK, the students were keen to examine first-hand the various stages of construction.
The first group of students, studying Architectural Technology and Environment, and their lecturers this month toured our Higher Moor development in Avonwick, South Brent. Here, they observed construction practices and asked site manager Glyn Hilton about development costs, construction programmes, site organisation and management as well as health and safety. They also were given a first-hand look at the sustainable features being incorporated into the new homes, including solar panels and water recycling systems.
Lecturer Dr Brian Pilkington said: “Many thanks to Linden Homes for the site visit to Avonwick. The students were really pleased to be able to see in practice the construction technologies, materials, processes, management etc that they have been studying in class. The visit certainly has contributed successfully towards their learning.”
The visits herald the beginning of a new partnership between Linden Homes and Plymouth University, showcasing an example of best practice in learning and to encourage more women to consider careers in construction.
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