Engineering Academy students get a taste of major projects

GRAHAM Construction has helped give the next generation of Scottish construction workers a glimpse into the  building of major projects after providing 24 construction students with a tour of Strathclyde Sport, the University of Strathclyde’s new sport, health and wellbeing facility.

The students were from the University of Strathclyde’s Engineering Academy, a programme which offers an alternative route into university and employment as a student. The first year is an enhanced HNC programme with direct transfer into second year of one of the university’s engineering degrees.

Graham Construction is currently delivering Strathclyde Sport on behalf of the university. Graham’s community benefits manager, Debbie Rutherford said, “We’re pleased to support this novel initiative which acts as an accessible entry point to the University of Strathclyde and future careers in the construction industry.

“A site tour is an excellent way for young people to see how a building project develops, gaining an insight into the many different roles which must work together delivering the final result.”

Dr Andrew McLaren, director of the Engineering Academy added, “Strathclyde is committed to ensuring that ability, rather than social or economic circumstances, determine participation in higher education. The University has many widening access initiatives, of which the Engineering Academy is one of the most successful, having opened the door to engineering courses for hundreds of students.

“Strathclyde’s campus is being transformed to delivering first-class facilities for staff, students and visitors. Strathclyde Sport is an important part of this programme and we are delighted to have worked with Graham Construction to give students an insight into the project.”

The new centre, expected to open next summer, will feature two multi-use sports halls, a six-lane swimming pool, a fitness suite with more than 180 stations, two squash courts and four consultation and treatment rooms. The investment is part of the university’s £650 million campus transformation.