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LJMU students win competition for Knowledge Quarter building design

A group of Liverpool students have received a career boost after winning a top Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) competition.

The team from Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) impressed judges of the Novus Student Challenge 2018 Northern with their vision to design a new building for the city’s Knowledge Quarter.

Final year BSc (Hons) Construction Management students Alex Dawes, Jack Heaney, Kyle Dougan and Ben Tregear fought off competition from Liverpool, Manchester and Preston to take the prize, which has led to the offer of a work placement with Morgan Sindall.

Competitors were asked to design a temporary multi-functional ‘Knowledge Hub’ for Knowledge Quarter Liverpool’s £1 billion Paddington Village scheme, which is being delivered by the construction firm. The structure will be used by the local community for education, training and digital technology skills sessions.

Entrants were expected to demonstrate creativity, teamwork and industry knowledge during the task, in which they were given time to research and develop their proposal before presenting to a panel of expert judges.

Owen Ashton, Morgan Sindall bid manager and chairman of CIOB’s Preston hub, who was also a judge on the panel, says: “We were looking for standout proposals that demonstrated a cost-effective solution to deliver a safe and positive experience for the local community around the Paddington Village site.

“We were extremely impressed with the work from all of the teams that took part in the challenge and it’s encouraging to see this talent pool of students entering the construction industry.”

Barry Roberts, area director at Morgan Sindall, adds: “Competitions such as this act as a great opportunity for us to engage with students from across the region and to see first-hand their enthusiasm and thirst for knowledge about the industry.

“It’s a fantastic achievement for the winners of this year’s competition and we’re looking forward to welcoming them on-site to undertake a work placement with us later this year.”