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Airport design reaches finals of national competition


Construction students at the University of Wolverhampton are celebrating after clinching second place in a national competition to design a new terminal at Manchester Airport.

The students from the School of Technology were piped to first place by students from Glasgow Caledonian University in the the Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) Student Challenge Final.

This year’s challenge saw the students propose a design and build brief for a hypothetical new terminal at Manchester Airport – Terminal 4.

The teams were asked to create an ‘Intelligent Airport’ that considers the whole life cycle of the building. There had to be recognition of the current construction improvement agenda relating to Building Information Modelling and the wider use of digital technologies, the importance of quality design and the pivotal role of sustainability.

The four students from Wolverhampton who took part in the final were Rose Cheadle, Joe Rebic, Daniel Franklin and Mark Baron. All are studying BSc (Hons) Building Surveying at the University.

Anthony Hatfield, Senior Lecturer in the Built Environment, said: “This challenge is tough, but our philosophy of encouraging aptitude and nurturing the construction professionals of tomorrow is certainly working as this is the third year running that the University has reached the finals. I am proud of our students and the recognition of excellence by the CIOB.”

The Judging Panel included David Haimes from Manchester Airports Group, Gavin Maxwell-Hart from Laing O’Rourke, Danny Kearney from Xtratherm and Dr Sarah Peace the CIOB’s Scholarship and Research Manager.

Eleven teams reached the finals of the competition.


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