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KS4 put their skills to the test with proposal to redevelop decommissioned power station

On Tuesday 3 December, KS4 students took part in an experience day called ‘Power Station Redesign’, in partnership with My Kinda Future and The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Students were set a challenge to work in teams and create a proposal for the repurposing and redevelopment of a UK decommissioned power station. Volunteers from Kier and Peter Brett Associates (PBA) - now part of Stantec, spent the day at UTC Reading giving guidance and advice to the KS4 teams.

The project looked to find exciting ideas for flexible spaces that serve multiple functions, and that will ensure these amazing sites continue to have a positive impact on our economy and culture in years to come.

The development idea had to be sustainable and consider the environmental, social and economic issues affecting the station’s local community.

The experience day kicked off with an all student briefing outlining what was expected. Following this briefing, students organised themselves into teams, each being assigned a role and to brainstorm ideas for the project. Each team then set about working on the project, considering its requirements, developing CAD drawings, a written proposal, costings, budgeting and timescales. By the end of the day, all teams had completed and uploaded their proposal to the CIOB website, ready for review.

There are 30 places available at the CIOB Finale Day for winning teams to pitch their idea, hear from industry experts and take part in activities such as exploring buildings with virtual reality. Six students will become overall winners and will receive work experience placements in 2020!

Well done to all of our KS4 students for their fantastic ideas and proposals. A big thank you to our amazing volunteers Euan, Peter, Jack B, Max, Richard, Jack H, Sam and Callan from Kier and Stantec for their invaluable advice and guidance. Also thank you to My Kinda Future and CIOB for a brilliant project for our students to sink their teeth into.

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