Pupils from Sacred Heart Catholic High School in Newcastle have taken the top prize in a competition to create a dream town, designed to inspire budding young civil engineers.
The Wonder Town Challenge was organised by leading civil engineering firm The Owen Pugh Group and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), along with a host of industry partners, to raise awareness of the broad range of carer opportunities available within the sector.
Year 9 and 10 students from fourteen schools from across the region set up their own mini construction companies with the aim of building a Wonder Town for the North East, based on their local town. The students worked with industry mentors along the way to gain experience of working in the construction and engineering sectors.
In the Grand Final, held at New College Durham, the final seven teams delivered presentations outlining their projects to an expert judging panel made up of industry experts including John Dickson, chairman of the Owen Pugh Group.
Overall winners Sacred Heart High School were awarded a trophy for their efforts and they also scooped the infrastructure award with Nunthorpe Academy taking the design trophy. All of the finalists were awarded a medal to mark their achievements.
Director of PH Partnership Architects Fausto Pereira attended the school to deliver an interactive workshop aimed at educating students on sustainable technologies, construction materials and methods as well as making them aware of the planning and construction sequence.
Extract from ”Sacred Heart school creates winning Wonder Town’ 30th June 2014 – Owen Pugh