Mott MacDonald and Birmingham University Address Construction Industry Skills Shortage
A shortage of problem-solving skills in the construction industry is preventing professionals from advancing within their careers, prompting a new initiative between Birmingham City University and Mott MacDonald Ltd.
Starting next month, the University and the global engineering, management and development consultants are pioneering a new approach to develop the ‘softer skills’ considered to be in short supply across the construction industry.
Birmingham City University’s Professor Nick Morton said: "Students securing places at the University's School of the Built Environment will have the opportunity to gain direct experience of both construction and people skills with Mott MacDonald in Birmingham's projects around the UK. The construction industry needs problem solvers with the skills to enable them to develop the talents of others and to recognise their own strengths for future opportunities."
Martin Perks, Divisional Director for Mott MacDonald, said: “We have great people in our industry with superb technical skills but that is only part of the picture. We know too that the softer skills increasingly needed to develop people’s potential and solve problems as they arise are in short supply. Our business is growing rapidly and through our ground-breaking partnership with Birmingham City University we are seeking to attract and nurture the 'next generation' of talent into a fulfilling and rewarding career with our company.”
Students at BCU's School of the Built Environment will also be given a chance to take part in a major international construction competition hosted by the University. Mott MacDonald will sponsor the event.
The courses kick off in September and applicants wishing to apply for a place can use the ongoing Clearing process by calling 0121 331 6777.
Winvic tops out first hotel project in Milton Keynes
A roof covering programme is now underway which will be followed by floor and ceiling curtain walling, and extensive glazing on the 13th floor, which will contain a sky bar, restaurant and public exhibition space.
Work on envelope and cladding will continue with the 30m high, LED-lit satin finish stainless steel circle on the eastern façade completing the external design. The ‘sun’ design will be visible up the city’s Midsomer Boulevard, which was created to align with the sun on the longest day of the year.
Winvic is currently fitting-out the 261 bedrooms, which has included the sailing and positioning of off-site fabricated bathroom pods. Fit-out of other facilities within the hotel will also continue, such as the 12,000 sq ft flexible conference floor that comprises adaptable meeting spaces and an external terrace that has been designed to be high load bearing. The project is expected to be handed over in July 2022.
Mark Jones, Winvic’s Head of Multi-room, said: “We started on site just two weeks after the first 2020 lockdown was announced and despite the unprecedented challenges, our team have hit milestone after milestone on, or ahead, of schedule. I’d like to say a huge thank you to them. Reaching the highest point of any multi-room project is always worth celebrating, but this is a bit more special as it’s Winvic’s first hotel," he said.
Winvic recently lifted eight railway bridge beams into place over the A5, 2km north of M1 J18. It is one of three bridges that Winvic is constructing for Prologis at DIRFT III in Northamptonshire, as part of a £29 million contract to deliver a new Intermodal Rail Freight Terminal.