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The future’s bright for this year’s Novus student challenge winners

4 May 2019

Students tour VolkerFitzpatrick’s site

In March, students from across London and the south gathered at The Gable in central London to take part in the final stage of the CIOB Novus Bright Futures Student Challenge.

The annual event gives students the opportunity to increase their construction knowledge, develop their presentation skills and network with industry professionals. Participants compete in teams at regional heats, with the winners from each heat returning for the final in London.

This year’s competition final began with a presentation from Anthony Clarke, operations manager for VolkerFitzpatrick’s building division, which sponsored the event. After learning about the business’s nearby 77 Coleman Street project, the teams then headed out for a site visit, guided by members of the project team.

After the visit each team set to work on its specific “challenge”. These ranged from finding solutions for managing noise and vibration on site, to examining the cost-effectiveness of extended working hours. Each team presented to a panel of judges.

The winning team was London South Bank University (LSBU), which presented on considerate construction within the City of London. Second place went to Baxall Academy, which presented on noise and vibration management, and third place went to the University of East London (UEL), which presented on the challenges of undertaking temporary works.

The Most Outstanding Student award went to Lauren Webster from LSBU, who demonstrated an in-depth understanding of her team’s subject matter and presented with enthusiasm, professionalism and conviction.

A special mention was given to student Harry Parker from Solent University for his teamwork, presentation skills and understanding of the project.

Prizes included vouchers, trophies, medals and work experience opportunities.

The winning team from LSBU

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