Posted on 03 March 2021

Leeds College of Building students are celebrating winning the CIOB Yorkshire Student Challenge.

In December 2020, students from across Yorkshire came together to compete in the Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) Yorkshire Student Challenge.

Held in conjunction with Sheffield Hallam University, this annual challenge for L3 construction students was delayed from the first week of Lockdown back in March. Despite this, CIOB Sheffield Hub Committee were determined to keep this fantastic experience running for students across Yorkshire. When it became obvious that they would not be able to host the challenge in person, the team worked to convert the format to a virtual challenge whilst still providing the students with the important construction site experience.

Five colleges from across the Yorkshire region submitted teams working on the logistics of running a site in a constrained space, featuring limited access, while keeping the surrounding area open for business. Members of the Alliance team worked on this real-life project including Project Manager Dan Marsh from BAM Construction Ltd, provided a briefing to the students supported by Sheffield Hallam University’s Deputy Head of Built Environment Tim Jones. The judging panel involved members of the Alliance Team and the Sheffield Hub Committee including Chair John Caudwell.

The students came up with a range of different solutions to the problems facing this site, covering many of the ideas considered by BAM when approaching the project. Dan Marsh met virtually with the students following the judging to discuss the solution BAM have taken on site and show videos of the processes underway, providing an online site visit and an interesting insight into the various challenges.

“It is a credit to our students to win the CIOB Yorkshire Student Challenge and to demonstrate their ability to apply their knowledge and understanding of the construction industry to a live project. A proud achievement for Leeds College of Budling and testimony to our strength in the sector.”

Greg Bourke, Curriculum Manager at Leeds College of Building

Leeds College of Building students Will Ingram, Lily Whitney, Collins Boateng and Moshood Yusuf secured first place with an in-depth and insightful presentation.