Constructionarium Publishes A Lexicon Of Climate Change Work
Constructionarium Ltd has made their first steps in helping the sector understand climate change by co-ordinating a central place for colleagues, academics and students to be aware of activities in this area, through the NetZeroLexicon.
Constructionarium, which offers experiential construction training to students and employees across the built environment sector, has published a list of over 40 organisations, professional institutes and interest groups in the UK who are actively working towards a goal of net-zero carbon.
The construction industry contributes 39% of the total greenhouse gases worldwide, according to the World Green Building Council, with a further 28% coming from operational emissions, including energy used to heat, cool and light buildings. Constructionarium says the industry has a very real responsibility to move away from carbon-intensive technology sooner rather than later but understanding where to find out information on activities already undertaken is not always easy – there hasn’t been a place where you can take a holistic view across the sector.
Chairman Keith Clarke CBE said, “The multitude of groups and institutions trying to address the climate change emergency is heartening with some best in class work. However, the total effort fails to provide such transition at a scale for a fit for purpose to change the design and construction industry’s practices in the necessary timeframe.
We are launching the Lexicon on Constructionarium’s website (https://www.constructionarium.co.uk/netzero/netzerolexicon/) to help people find and follow initiatives, which are paving the way for the industry to move towards net zero and adopt greener technological solutions. There has been some excellent work undertaken thus far and as a sector we need to build on this work quickly to enable the sector and government to change the construction funding stimulus to one which includes environmental requirements.”
Constructionarium’s Chief Exec Julia Stevens said, “Constructionarium started to address the Climate Change issue within its traditional experiential learning activities by introducing a “Sustainability Challenge” for all our universities to participate in. It was during this period of research that we started to notice how difficult it was to learn about the excellent work that others across the sector were undertaking.”
“So when our customers, students and industry partners started asking us for direction and guidance, Constructionarium saw this as an opportunity to provide a platform – NetZeroLexicon,” she added. “This free platform sign-posts the reader to the excellent work currently being undertaken by others and that is already in the public domain – a central repository if you like. We very much see this as a starting point and welcome others to join the free listing. The more we can include the quicker the catalyst for change.”
Constructionarium intends to continue to contribute to the decarbonisation agenda in other ways, as it realises that the transition to a net zero future requires a transformation in the current training provision in order to deliver the professional and technical skills required. It will be launching other products to support this initiative in the next few months.
The Board of Directors are pleased to announce that they have appointed Julia Stevens, Chief Exec to the Board of Constructionarium Ltd with immediate effect.
Julia has worked for Constructionarium since 2012 and had been involved previously through Laing O’Rourke, where she headed up their Education Agenda.
Constructionarium Donates PPE
Constructionarium Ltd were pleased to be able to donate our stock of PPE from our site in Bircham Newton to The Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital King’s Lynn and to Parson Drove Surgery in Wisbech. Site Manager, Joe Chandler was able to safely deliver the equipment, including masks, eye protection and protective suits earlier today.
As a not-for-profit organisation, Constructionarium has been lucky enough to receive many in-kind donations over the years so it is fantastic that we have been able to contribute, in our own very small way, to the fight against Covid-19. We would like to thank everyone at the Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital, Parsons Drove Surgery and the NHS as a whole for the amazing work they are doing.
Constructionarium Ltd provides a unique learning experience to students and employees across the built environment sector. We have temporarily closed our sites at Bircham Newton and Southall but are looking forward to reopening as soon as it is safe to do so. stayathome savelives nhs keepsafe
Covid-19 is a virus affecting all businesses globally. Constructionarium Ltd has been following the UK government advice as the pandemic has unfolded ensuring that our business remained operational with staff and customers being kept informed of our operating status and actions plans.
We have constantly monitored, reviewed and adapted our working practices to comply with the rapidly changing information being supplied by the UK government. Regrettably this now means that we have had to take the unprecedented action to close our sites for the foreseeable future to protect staff (and their families), visitors and customers. We will continue to monitor the situation and have provisionally assumed we will be operational again in the late Summer/Autumn.
Should you have any queries about bookings or want to find out more about our online courses, then please contact Julia Stevens – [email protected].
In the meantime, thank you ALL for your support, kind words and please, keep safe.
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.
Constructionarium Ltd’s team expands:
Delighted to welcome the following to the team:
- Jag Baghi, Project Manager, Southall
- Simon Flint, Business Development Manager
- Peter Lawton, Engineer
CITB Approved Training Provider
We are very pleased to report that we have been awarded ATO status by the CITB. Industry will now be able to find our courses more easily via their training portal.
Constructionarium Ltd are delighted to be able to take bookings for experiential learning at our established Bircham Newton site and also our new facility opening early in 2020 at Southall near Heathrow.
Welcome to the Board
Constructionarium Ltd has welcomed three new Board members recently:
- Jane Wright, Head of School, Applied Management, University of Westminster
- Jane Richards, Head of Construction, WSP
- Sukhbir Gill, Principal Engineer, Expanded Ltd
Board Member: Richard Haryott
Richard Haryott retired from the Board of Constructionarium Ltd in May 2019. We would like to take this opportunity to thank him for all his support over the years.
Appointment of a new Chief Executive
The Constructionarium Ltd Board are delighted to announce the appointment of Julia Stevens as their new Chief Executive. She has worked with the organisation on a part-time basis for seven years as their Development Manager but been involved with Constructionarium Ltd since 2006, when she headed up the Education agenda at Laing O’Rourke.
We’re recruiting – Admin Assistant
Constructionarium Ltd provides a 6-day working field trip for undergraduates following construction related qualifications based at our site in Bircham Newton, Norfolk.
We are looking for a part-time Administrative Assistance to join our busy site team until the end of June 2018. This position would ideally suit someone who is looking to maintain their level of administrative skills which fit in around school hours or other commitments. We can be flexible on daily working hours but would anticipate the successful candidate will work no more than 15 hours per week.
We seek a friendly, well-spoken and organised individual who can multi-task and prioritise, with at least five years’ previous experience as an administrator. Excellent written and spoken English is a must, as are good MS Office skills.
As this is a site based role, you will need to have a full driving licence as we are remotely based in Bircham Newton.
The closing date for this advert is noon on the 23rd February 2018. Please send your CV and covering letter to [email protected]
Constructionarium Ltd is a not-for-profit organisation.
Job Types: Part-time, Contract
From 2nd January 2018, we will be moving from our offices in Camberley to London. Our new office address will be Constructionarium Ltd, c/o Construction Industry Council (CIC), The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT.
We are delighted that Constructionarium Ltd. has been short-listed as one of the Top Ten companies in the Construction Enquiries Award – Best Construction Supplier to Work With (Under £25m). We are up against nine worthy contenders and the winner will be announced in October.
Many thanks to all those that voted for us and your continued support!
Constructionarium Ltd has been nominated for Construction Enquirer Award – Best Supplier Under £25m. Winners are by public vote. Please show your support by voting and sharing this link – goo.gl/dAhU1X
Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors
With many thanks to the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors and in particular Abigail Tomkins for another great article about Constructionarium. Read it here.
We are delighted to announce that Caroline Boyden has been appointed Admin. Asst. and joined our site team at Bircham Newton.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague Alan Mack. We were privileged to have worked with him and he will be fondly remembered for his work within the construction industry and support to Constructionarium, but more importantly for being a charismatic and fair man who saw through work to the more important matters in life. He was very popular with the students, who benefited from his wealth of experience and mentoring during our Constructionarium weeks. He will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of meeting him. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family in these difficult times.
Constructionarium Hosts A Royal Visitor Again
On 8th December 2016 we were delighted to host a return visit of HRH The Duke of York. Nick Raynsford, Constructionarium’s President said “I am very pleased that His Royal Highness showed so much interest this unique learning experience and the difference it makes to emerging talent not only in the UK but also on a global scale.” Click here for a copy of our press release.
Constructionarium Luncheon 2016
The event enabled the team to bring guests up to date on Constructionarium’s progress, as well as hearing from four previous students (from University of East London) and University of Southampton) who have been able to utilise the experience of Constructionarium in their career search post-graduation and secure work within P J Careys and Sons Ltd, Costain, Hockley and Dawson; and NMCNomenca.
Constructionarium Ltd received £2.3m capital funding for its Bircham Newton site expansion in 2014 from CITB. The extended site opened in March this year and, with the support from CITB, hosted an open day to showcase the extended facilities. Constructionarium were pleased to see that it received a positive turnout and generated interest from future industry partners and potential attendees.
The Constructionarium group have seen more students, over 1000 attend at our various sites – Bircham Newton, Blackridge in Scotland, Newcastle and Queensland Australia. Both Newcastle and Queensland were pilot sites for us for which we are now reviewing ahead of 2017.
In their main hub at Bircham Newton, 845 students attended from 23 academic institutes which included five USA universities. Joe Chandler, Constructionarium’s newly appointed site manager has done an excellent job in ensuring the weeks run smoothly and ensuring that the zones are ready for student’s arrival each week.
Scotland increased the number of students and industry partners that participated during 2015/16 and this is due to the hard work undertaken by David Sibbald (Constructionarium Scotland) and his team.
At the end of June, Constructionarium partnered with Owen Pugh for a pilot which was hosted in their quarry in South Shields. The students that attended were a mix of students from Newcastle University, Newcastle College and Newcastle Met. College. Constructionarium Ltd would like to thank John Dickson and Jan Elliott for their support in making this event happen.
A few weeks later it was Australia’s turn to run pilot. Feedback has been very positive thus far and already there has been interest from other academic institutes to attend later this year.
Back at the hub in Bircham Newton, we have also added a new project, Canary Wharf Underground Station. We developed this project in conjunction with LUL/TFL. A successful pilot was completed in July and we look forward to this being used by other attendees going forward. The project came from previous attendees who found the experience so rewarding, they encouraged their Managers to use Constructionarium as a part of their Emerging Talent programme.
At the start of the academic year, we hosted another industry organisation – Multiplex, who used Constructionarium as part of their graduate induction process. This week was very successful in embedding the company’s health and safety behaviours, working ethos and company values and Constructionarium Ltd look forward to seeing them return again next month to the Bircham Newton site.
As the Constructionarium model links an academic institute with a contractor and consulting engineer to deliver the experience, it was delighted to welcome J.N.Bentley Ltd.’s support for the first time this year. Constructionarium welcomes any other organisation that wishes to work more closely with an academic institute (HE, UTC or FE) to contact Robin Holdsworth for more details.
During the luncheon, Constructionarium were able to share with the guests the video which was produced in March in conjunction with CITB. This gave guests the opportunity to see our extended facility at Bircham Newton and to hear from some participants. Click here to watch the video.
Whilst it was a reflective event, it is worth reporting that 2017 is set to be even busier for us with repeat bookings from every academic institute that attended in 2015/16 and with the University of East Anglia and Sheffield Hallam University joining us for the first time.
Constructionarium’s Scheme Director, Robin Holdsworth said “It has been another good year where students apply the academic knowledge on a real life construction project which is relevant to the challenges industry face every day. It was good to see many supporting industry partners using Constructionarium to seek and offer summer placements and industrial placements. Constructionarium is a valuable recruiting tool for companies developing their emerging talent pipelines and we positively encourage industry to partner with academia to help shape the workforce of the future.”
Lastly, the Constructionarium Board – The Rt. Hon. Nick Raynsford (President), Stef Stefanou OBE (Chairman), Richard Haryott (Director) and the Constructionarium team – Robin Holdsworth (Scheme Director), Julia Stevens (Development Manager), Joe Chandler (Site Manager), Tom Barton (Industry Partnering Manager) and Dave Armsworth (Health and Safety Manger) would like to thank all the students, academics and industry partners for their continued support in making Constructionarium the unique success it is today.
It’s been very busy for us this season, 29 academic institutes, over 1000 students attended one of our four sites, significant site expansion at Bircham Newton and project development work. Thank you to all that have participate and made it so successful.
Constructionarium Open Day – 16th March 2016
We, in conjunction with CITB, are delighted to invite you to see the expansion of our facilities at Bircham Newton. There will be opportunity to see the new zones in action, hear more about our portfolio of projects, discuss the learning outcome with academics and students, understand our impact on the construction industry and meet some of our industry partners. To book your place, please click here
Constructionarium Newsletter 2015
Our newsletter is out, click here to read.
Constructionarium Luncheon 2015
Our annual luncheon was held at the Royal Academy of Engineering on the 16th September. We had a great event celebrating another successful year. Our President, Nick Raynsford and Scheme Director Robin Holdsworth discussed the highlights of 2014/15, which included:
- increase in student numbers
- increase in academic establishments attending
- start of expansion work on our site at Bircham Newton
- a visit from HRH Duke of York
- participation in the National Women’s Engineering Day
- bookings from organisations wishing to use Constructionarium as part of their internal development programmes
- an excellent article by Abigail Tomkins in the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors ebook ( http://mag.digitalpc.co.uk/fvx/ces/1505/index.html). A direct link to the article is here – http://mag.digitalpc.co.uk/fvx/ces/1505/index.html?pn=18
- the launch of a new website.
It’s been very busy for us this season, 18 academic institutes have attended, 900 students, site expansion, development work and a royal visit. Thank you to all that have made it happen.
Constructionarium hosts a royal visit
We were delighted that HRH the Duke of York accepted our invitation to visit us. He joined us on our last week, seeing University of Birmingham students undertaking Ravenspurn Oil platform and Kingsgate bridge, supported by Interserve and Morgan Sindall. The feedback has been very positive.
New website launched
As you are reading this you will see our new style website, which we feel is more reflective of the work we undertake. As always, we welcome your feedback via [email protected]
Counting down until Anglia Ruskin joins us with Morgan Sindall (5th Jan 2015)
- The new year is here and we are busy preparing the site for the fifty students who will be on site w/c 8th March 2015.
Liverpool John Moores kick starts the new academic year (1st Nov 2014)
- The last week in October 2014 saw forty-five students (a mix of QS, Construction Management and Civil Engineers) undertake three projects at our Bircham Newton site. The projects were Ravenspurn Oil Platform, Kingsgate Bridge and The Gherkin.
Secretary of State for Scotland visits Constructionarium site (10th Oct 2014)
The Secretary of State for Scotland, The Liberal MP from Orkney and Shetland visited Sibbald Training in Blackridge Armadale on Thursday 9th October 2014.
Constructionarium Luncheon 2014 (17th Sep 2014)
On Wednesday 17th September, Rt. Hon, Nick Raynsford MP (President) and Stef Stefanou, OBE (Chairman) of Constructionarium hosted their annual event at RIBA to celebrate another successful year. Guests included key stakeholders from cross industry, academia and professional bodies. (Click here to read more)
Constructionarium on Social Media (1st Sep 2014)
- Follow us via Twitter (#constructionarium), join our Constructionarium group on LinkedIN