Construction students build on experience

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MILTON Keynes College construction students are building up their knowledge with some hands-on work experience on the site of a £6.1million redevelopment project.

The former Sir Frank Markham Cottesloe School, next to MK College’s Chaffron Way campus, is being transformed into a superbly-equipped Technical Learning Centre for the city.

It will be used to teach engineering, construction, manufacturing and public services students from the college.

Six students taking their Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment have recently been shadowing the site architect (ARCHIAL), mechanical and electrical consultant (Cain Group Ltd), structural engineer (Scott White and Hookins), and quantity surveyor (NTN Partnership), to learn first-hand how a team of professionals work together on a large project. They also spent time working alongside the on-site Ashe Construction management team.

Ashe’s Project Manager Danny Roberts said: “The students spent time with each of the consultants learning the technical aspects of their profession. By shadowing the professionals the students have gained an understanding of the fundamental roles of each discipline and the way the roles interconnect.”

He added: “But it wasn’t just learning by listening - we’ve had the students doing their own site survey, checking the quality of the finishes, and measuring the dimensions of the building and how it relates to the architects’ drawings.”

Student Mudhasar Khan, aged 18, said: “Up until now all of our experience has been based on theory so it has been invaluable to be given the opportunity to gain first-hand experience on a fully operational construction project.

“Our time on site and with the project team professionals has really opened our eyes to the variety and complexity of the construction industry.”