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Civil Engineering Student is presented with a prestigious award at the Scottish Parliament

Fri, 06 Mar 2020 16:19:00 GMT
Lucy described her week on the project as being “challenging but great fun”
Lucy described her week on the project as being “challenging but great fun”

A GCU student was presented with a prestigious industry award this week at the Scottish parliament – recognising her outstanding performance in the Civil Engineering sector.

Third year Environmental Civil Engineering Student Lucy Brownlee won the Keenan Award for Endeavour in respect of her excellent work during her participation in the Constructionarium programme.

The week-long programme allows students in the Built Environment field to get ‘hands-on’ construction experience, whilst working together with students from across the country.

Students had the task of building a scale model of an iconic building structure, which helps replicate the process of a real life building project. Lucy’s team were tasked with building the Kingsgate Footbridge, which was designed by Ove Arup in 1967.

Lucy described her week on the project as being “challenging but great fun”. She said: “I was thrilled and very surprised to win. I didn't realise that I'd even been nominated.

The week was brilliant. I learned so much and it was interesting to see how a real construction site works and the level of planning involved. We all loved it and had great fun although it was very challenging and full on and the weather was so cold.

It's helped me realise that I want to be out there and not sitting at a desk in my career. It was great to see the end product and be able to actually stand on our own bridge."

To find out more about the Constructionarium programme, click here


By Rachael McAlonan

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