This month, twenty-one young people joined our Budding Brunels programme run in partnership with Argent and UAL: Central Saint Martins. In addition to networking with members of diverse construction professions and developing interview skills, students also undertook a design challenge over the course of the three days.
After visiting some of the mixed-use sites on the Kings Cross development with staff from Argent, BAM and Carillion, students were briefed on the project that they were to complete in teams over the remainder of the course. The challenge was to redesign one of the mixed-use buildings in the development, keeping in mind the different purposes that it would be used for when complete. Lecturers from Central Saint Martins guided students through the design process starting with abstract sketches and eventually producing 3D conceptual models.
On the final day of the course, the five design teams presented their proposals to a panel of industry experts. All five groups demonstrated thoroughly unique ideas with a clear understanding of the need to prioritise the requirements of building users and consideration for the environment and people that surround the site. The panel were very impressed with the confidence and pride with which students presented their designs.
A number of the students who participated in this programme will be going on to work experience placements with industry partners involved in the Kings Cross development or to learn more about design and architecture with Central Saint Martins. We hope one day to be visiting the construction sites of ground-breaking developments featuring the work of our Budding Brunels!
Construction Youth Trust is very grateful to our partners at Argent and Central Saint Martins and to the professionals and students who volunteered their time to deliver such a successful programme.
Photo credit: Brendan Bell
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