Careers week gives pupils an insight into construction

A time capsule designed by the students of a Preston high school will be included in the foundations of the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) new £60 million Student Centre and Civic Square.

Pupils from Our Ladies Catholic High School in Fulwood designed drawings and articles to be included in the time capsule as part of a careers week carried out by main contractor Bowmer + Kirkland.

The Year 7 pupils from the school included drawings, pieces of writing and newspaper articles in the capsule, which will be installed later this year.

Pupils from throughout the school took part in the careers week, with Year 8 students designing careers postcards to be installed around the hoardings of the Masterplan site, while older pupils learnt how graphic design programmes such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) are used in construction.

The week of activity was designed to get more children to think about studying construction as a future career, explaining the variety of jobs available in the industry and breaking down some myths about who can find work in the sector.

Aiden Nelson, Careers Lead at Our Lady’s Catholic High School, said: “Not only have our pupils been able to get hands on and learn more about the hugely varied careers associated with construction, but hopefully meeting with employers and employees will help inspire some to think about potential careers in the construction industry.”

Designed by Hawkins\Brown following an international RIBA competition, the 7,304 sqm UCLan Student Centre building will provide a new reception area, informal learning spaces and a student wellbeing support centre.

The new square will form an iconic gateway to Preston, spanning 8,440 sqm including the St Peter’s area, and providing flexible and adaptable spaces for a wide range of community, public, business and student uses.

Major projects completed as part of the University’s Masterplan include the Engineering Innovation Centre – a £35 million state-of-the-art teaching and research facility – as well as the multi-faith centre Oasis and the Social Spaces buildings.

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