Hungate, a major city-centre development by Lendlease and Evans Property Group, has welcomed 80 electrical engineering students from New College Durham to enable them to tap into the expertise behind one of Yorkshire’s largest residential regeneration projects.
In the first collaborative series of educational programmes held at Hungate, a total of six site visits were tailored to meet the students’ various levels and educational needs, created by Hungate’s onsite specialist site contractor.
The visits included a variety of in-depth seminars, from setting the foundations for large-scale developments, to an overview of structural techniques for multi-story buildings, and to the selection of detailed quality and assurance requirements in line with a development of its size.
Richard Cook, head of residential for Lendlease, said: “This initiative kick-starts the beginning of Hungate’s aim to provide an educational platform for the next generation of workers. It highlights the importance of skills, expectations and requirements needed for building strong relationships within a major regeneration project. This was a great way to allow the students to see how the skills they have learnt in the classroom will be put into practice.
“We hope this will be the start of a long term partnership with the college and are already exploring additional local opportunities, such as forging connections for apprenticeship schemes within the local trade industry.
The mechanical and electrical engineering qualifications provided by New College Durham are nationally recognised throughout the industry. Its courses offer multiple levels of awards, each tailored to industry leading specialisms: from an insight into the practical nature of careers in engineering through to providing in-depth knowledge to meet the criteria for Higher Education Advanced Diplomas.
David Johnson, lecturer of electrical engineering at New College Durham, said: “Hungate is currently playing a significant role in York, and we are delighted to support its future, building an impressive regeneration scheme which will transform the city for the better. Significant detail has gone into the development from the offset, from the planning to the way it integrates with the history and culture of York itself.
"I was keen for my students to witness the site, see where their careers could take them and to understand the difference they could make. It was a great way for them to also explore niche areas, spark enthusiasm and get some advice from the professionals in practice; as there is only so much you can learn in the classroom. Many students were highly interested in the design and construction elements that have been implemented on a large scale,” he added.