Constructionarium

Projects

Please note, there is a limited number of projects are available in Scotland.

Key: E=England, S=Scotland

imageBarcelona Tower (E,S)

Based on the spectacular 1991 design by Norman Foster, delegates build a 9m central hollow concrete tubular tower of which the top 3m consists of a light aluminium fabricated spire.  Please note this project does have some flexibility and can be built in four days.

imageBrewery Wharf Footbridge (E)

Built in 1992 by Ove Arup and partners, the challenge in this project is to ensure accurate setting out to allow the precise construction of the structure and for the students to practice their project management/programming skills.

imageBrunel Line (E)

An innovative project focused around the successful planning and implementation of a perment way civil engineering project.  Decisions need to be made concerning route, materials and cost.  An excellent introduction into the world of railway infrastructure.

imageDon Valley Stadium (E)

This stadium is where the 2012 Team GB star Jessica Ennis trained in preparation for winning the heptathlon gold medal in London.  Sadly this structure is being taken down but lives on at Constructionarium.

imageThe Gherkin (E)

This iconic structure of London’s skyline is replicated in a three story, 12m tall version using prefabricated steel elements which tie into a precast floor.  Stability of the structure is an essential element of this project.  A challenging project developed by Swiss Re; with design by Foster and Partners and Ove Arup.

Hemcrete Tower (E)Hemecrete

If you are seeking a project that uses “zero carbon” materials, this 3.5m diameter, 5.4m high project includes the not so traditional materials of Hemcrete.  Delegates will need to demonstrate precision through excellent carpentry skills, very careful setting-out and a thorough consideration of the correct sequencing of the construction works.

imageKingsgate Footbridge (E,S)

Designed by Ove Arup in 1967, this “simple concept elegantly expressed” need to ensure the accuracy in the setting out of the steel supports using very tight tolerances.  This supports the two precast segments which  form the continuous structure.

imageMillau Cable Bridge (E)

The challenge of this replica of France’s A75 motorway cable stay bridge is not only the scale of the project (end and middle spans of 5m, two concrete piers of 3.4m high, two steel pylons 3m high and a deck of 1.5m) but also the launching of the two halves of the deck from each side of the gorge – within the tight schedule, to time and within budget.

imageMillennium Galleries (E,S)

Buro Happold’s 1996 design is recreated as a challenging project where setting out needs to be precise.  Excellent communications between work groups is important to ensure the accurate fit of the rounded precast roof.

imageNaples Airport Canopy Roof (E)

Delegates will submit method statements for opening access from the sunken 4.5m access shaft to tunnel level.  In addition the delegates will build a canopy of 23 main radial ribs, the longest of which have a span of  6m. This project provides a challenge of early mass fabrication whilst completing concrete lining.  The removal of temporary supports is a critical moment.

imageNuclear Island (E)

This project has been introduced for delegates to understand the precision, complexity and safety behaviours that are required for constructing a nuclear reactor.  In addition to the civil engineering work, delegates will face the challenge of a public consultation.

imageRammed Earth Building (E)

As a more eco-friendly project, this project enables delegates to think about the efficiency of the materials used in the construction process. Ideal as a project for delegates who will be applying their skills in parts of the world where traditional materials are not always to hand.

imageRavenspurn Oil Platform (E)

Delegates will build a 4m² version of Ove Arup’s North Sea gravity oil platform which consists of a concrete caisson with a steel scaffold superstructure and plywood platform.  The challenge of handling the creation of a large structure in a short period of time which will have the ability to float and be moved into the correct position to be sunk to meet the clients co-ordinates.

Pavillion The Pavillion (E)

Delegates construct a 4m long, 2m wide and 2.3m high double curved roof structure using two pre-cast arches.  These are supported by columns which in turn  support the roof at its highest and lowest parts.  This is an unusual project which produces quite a striking result, if done correctly.