Constructionarium Ltd reopened for business for the new academic year with 60 students from the University of Southampton who arrived on Sunday 4 October and spent the week on site undertaking three projects: the Milau Cable Bridge, The Brewery Wharf Footbridge and the Gherkin.
Local MP for West Norfolk, James Wild visited the site on Friday 9 October and said:
“Constructionarium provides hands on experience for students and I was impressed by the innovative approach which takes the theory from textbooks and turns it into reality through actually building projects. West Norfolk is fortunate to have these facilities here open for business and helping prepare the next generation develop crucial practical skills.”
In order to reopen safely, Constructionarium followed the latest NHS and government guidance as well as construction industry specific protocols from the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and the Construction Industry Training Body (CITB).
All visitors are required to check in using the NHS Test and Trace app, wear a face covering and adhere to social distancing while on site by following the new one-way systems and signage. Constructionarium Site Manager Joe Chandler said:
“It is great to be operational again, the on-site team have worked hard to ensure that we could reopen in a safe manner and continue to provide our unique learning experience and technical training. ”
Students arrived in project ‘bubbles’ and worked and lived within these during their time at Constructionarium. After completing a detailed symptom questionnaire, they had their temperature checked each time they entered the site. Constructionarium would like to thank A. F. Blakemore & Son for their donation which enabled the purchase of 2 infrared thermometers.
A colour coded system enabled students to work safely within their bubbles, in addition to regular handwashing, face coverings and social distancing. When inside their designated cabins, windows and doors were opened for maximum air circulation and regular cleaning and sanitising took place. Constructionarium staff have been identified as specialist educational staff enabling access to keyworker swab testing if required.
Quote from our Chief Executive, Julia Stevens:
“It is fantastic to be able to welcome students from the University of Southampton back to the Constructionarium site this week after their trip was postponed in Spring when Covid-19 hit. The team has worked incredibly hard to implement new procedures to ensure our training facility is Covid-secure and make it possible for students to return safely.”
University of Southampton have attended Constructionarium with their first year Civil Engineering students for over a decade. Quote from Professor Anna Barney, Associate Dean Education in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences:
“We are really please we have been able to run this field course safely for the students who were unable to go in May. It’s a critical part of their Civil Engineering education and an activity we know students regard as a highlight of their programme.”