Mobile Mini units help students gain “hands on” construction experience
Mobile Mini Sunderland were delighted to supply storage containers and site accommodation units to civil engineering firm Owen Pugh during their Constructionarium Week which ran from May 22nd– May 26th 2017.
Constructionarium is an incredibly unique opportunity, linking academic institutes with industry, giving construction-career aspiring students from a variety of backgrounds, a ‘hands-on’ experience. Constructionarium projects have been running up and down the country for the past ten years, but Owen Pugh along with local universities and colleges, were the first to pilot the project in the North East last year.
The students are placed into two teams (in this case the Blue team and Red team). Then both sets of participants are faced with the daunting task of constructing a scaled down version of a popular architectural monument or building from anywhere in the world.
This year’s project was again held at Owen Pugh’s Marsden Quarry site in South Tyneside, and was based around creating a replica of one particular bay situated in the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield. Our units were installed at the quarry, to provide the storage, canteen and toilet facilities for the students while they undertook this challenging task.
With a beautifully curved, concrete roof and sturdy foundation, it’s safe to say, the four-day challenge definitely brought out the best in the students! Jokingly nicknamed over the week as “The Bus Shelter” project, the students received invaluable hands-on-learning and construction experience to help prepare them for their future roles. Every single person involved was thrilled with the opportunity and clearly grasped it with both hands. This was important as it kept spirits high despite the typical British weather conditions that they faced, and will undoubtedly face again in real-life scenarios.
Although this made the build increasingly difficult, it didn’t affect them at all. The tough task eventually resulted in both teams proudly showcasing two perfectly planned and built structures, which were unveiled to supporters of the project at an event, which we were lucky enough to attend, held at the quarry last Friday.
Hats off to the students and to all involved in the project. It’s always great see people as passionate about construction, as we are.