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Industry leaders taking construction to the classroom

Gardiner & Theofold, an independent global consultancy offering a range of services to the construction and property industry, will be sponsoring Heathcote School & Science College in Chingford to add the ‘Design Engineer Construct!’ GCSE and A Level courses to its curriculum through the Class of Your Own’s ‘Adopt a School’ scheme.

Peter Hansford, Government Chief Construction Adviser warmly welcomed G&T’s adoption of Heathcote School & Science College. “It’s so important that firms and companies across the industry support schools and particularly teachers to inspire the next generation to consider careers in the built environment. I commend G&T for the leadership it is showing.”

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Brave New World – BIM technology in Schools

One of the latest young recruits to the DEC! programme is Olawaseun Olaiwon.

Sean, a Year 11 student from St Michaels All Angels Academy in Camberwell, London, produced an excellent new school design using Autodesk Revit Architecture. His teacher, Nicolas Riedel, Head of Technology at the school, is leading the programme which will be introduced to 12 students this term.

When he leaves school, Sean wants to be an engineer so we’re lining up some great work experience opportunities with key industry supporters. He will discover a wide range of disciplines, from engineering surveying to building services and structural engineering. He’ll also learn how some of the country’s most respected companies are embracing BIM.

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CIBSE Patrons Lunch

COYO Managing Director Alison Watson had the pleasure of attending the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers Patrons’ lunch in April at the House of Lords.

Hosted by Lord O’Neill, himself a major advocate of British Engineering in the Built Environment, the lunch included an engaging presentation from keynote speaker Michael Palwyn, one of the architects behind the wonderful Eden Project in Cornwall.

Michael presented a TED talk in 2010, and with well over a million views, it’s certainly something every Design Engineer Construct! student and teacher should listen to.

Michael describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun.

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