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Norwich sixth formers design multi-million pound housing scheme for college project

PUBLISHED: 16:39 15 February 2017 | UPDATED: 16:39 15 February 2017

From left to right, Max Harrison, building surveyor at Hamson Barron Smith, pupils Denzil Dube, Georgia Pegg, Shaun Burnett-Kiernan, Scott Gilbert and managing director of NPS Group Michael Britch. Picture: UTC Norfolk

From left to right, Max Harrison, building surveyor at Hamson Barron Smith, pupils Denzil Dube, Georgia Pegg, Shaun Burnett-Kiernan, Scott Gilbert and managing director of NPS Group Michael Britch. Picture: UTC Norfolk

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Sixth formers in Norwich have designed a multi-million pound housing scheme in the city as part of a college challenge.

Eighty students from the Norwich-based University Technical College (UTC) Norfolk rose to the five-week project, which was set by property consultancy NPS Group.

In January, the year 12 students, working in teams of five, were tasked with planning a housing development of 10 new homes.

The project, part of UTC Norfolk’s employer-led Technical Challenges, was designed to give students an understanding of the projects they could one day be working on.

Alex Hayes, college principal, said: “The opportunity for our students to undertake Technical Challenges like this, which are designed by our employer partners to be as realistic as possible, is a unique learning experience that you can only get at a UTC.

“Our students have learned so much from this Technical Challenge and have greatly impressed with their attitude and commitment.”

Each team was made up of a project manager, architect, quantity surveyor, mechanical engineer and structural engineer.

They were required to produce a 3D drawing or scale model, budget setting out construction costs, property valuations, energy efficiency strategies and a scale model of a bridge forming part of the scheme.

After the five weeks, the winning team was announced as Shaun Burnett-Kiernan, Denzil Dube, Scott Gilbert, George Haythorpe and Georgia Pegg.

Project manager George, 17, from Wymondham, said: “It’s taught me how to manage a group a lot better.

“Instead of just allowing people to do everything themselves, you have to keep checking what they are doing and making sure they are doing the right thing and that they are going along the same path.”

Georgia, 17, from Happisburgh has since been offered work experience with the firm.

“I got to see what it was like to be an architect. Doing this challenge has helped me to decide that I would like to be an architect.

“It’s been really useful working with NPS, as they can guide you on how to go about it,” she said.

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