Press release: Mayor visits US students at Constructionarium

The Mayor and Mayoress of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk visited the Constructionarium site at Bircham Newton on Wednesday 11 March to see how students from Texas got on as they spend their ‘Spring Break’ vacation in Norfolk. Students from Texas A&M University’s Department of Construction Science spent the week on site building scaled down replicas of the Gherkin and the Millau Bridge.

Councillor Geoff Hipperson said, “It is great to be here at Constructionarium again, to welcome everyone from Texas A&M University to Bircham Newton. Since 2004 over 13,000 students have taken part in one of these fantastic projects – putting the theory they learn at university into practice. This is my second visit to Constructionarium as Mayor and I am delighted to find this organisation thriving. It is such an asset to West Norfolk and a superb way to inspire the next generation of contractors, architects, designers and engineers.”

Constructionarium is a not for profit organisation which provides a unique learning experience for those studying the built environment or for professionals starting out on their career in the construction industry. Participants gain a great deal of practical experience and understanding as well as an introduction to safety, logistics and cost control as well as the reality of site operations.

Constructionarium occupies a 6 hectare site within the grounds of the National Construction College, Bircham Newton. The site has been specifically designed and built to provide a range of challenging teaching and learning conditions and has been recognised as a centre of excellence for experiential learning. 2020 will see Constructionarium expand their operations by offering new low carbon, façade and management training alongside the opening of a second, smaller training facility in Southall, Greater London.L-R – Julia Stevens (CEO, Constructionarium Ltd), Mayoress and Mayor of Kings Lynn and Steve Rodgers (International Study & Internship Coordinator/UK Texas A&M University)