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17 July 2019

JN Bentley supports Constructionarium initiative

JN Bentley has partnered with the University of Leeds on the Constructionarium project in Bircham Newton.

Constructionarium is a hands-on initiative that gives participants chance to build scaled-down versions of iconic structures, providing students with real life experience in the various aspects of site life while teaching them key engineering skills.

For the past four years, JN Bentley has partnered with Constructionarium, working with engineering students at the University of Leeds to provide them with hands-on experience of life on site whilst promoting career opportunities within the industry.

Alongside our engineering skills, knowledge and leadership, we also provide the equipment and materials needed during the week to build the structures, working alongside 2nd year engineering students from the university who have no site and little engineering experience.

Our team of Site Managers, Engineers and Lead Hands assist the students with planning, setting-out, steel fixing and concreting - providing unforgettable opportunities for the next generation of engineers to develop their understanding through real-life experience.

The project is also a great opportunity for our own JN Bentley team to develop their leadership and communication skills.

This year the students built three iconic structures:

  • the Gherkin, London;
  • the Millau Viaduct, France; and
  • Brewery Wharf footbridge, Leeds.

Despite the poor weather preventing the completion of the structures, the teams had great success and were still smiling by the end of the week.

The Constructionarium project is also a great way to review potential future employees to join us at JN Bentley. Of 54 students who participated in Constructionarium 2019, 15 are joining us for a summer placement.

Jody Belcher, JN Bentley Site Foreman, Project Leader and Site Manager for the Constructionarium project, said:

"This year's Constructionarium has been especially challenging due to the storm events we had during the week, but as we all know this comes with the job. All 60 students started the week never having stepped foot on a construction site; five days later, with JN Bentley knowledge, support and leadership, they had built concrete structures known around the globe.

"For me, my reason for being involved is to showcase what JN Bentley can do, who we are, and pass on our skills, so the next generation of civil engineers will know what's involved and what it takes to be the best."


More information can be found on the Constructionarium website.

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