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Wednesday 4 April 2018

Early in February, a team of Solent University BSc (Hons) Construction Management students took part in the annual Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Bright Futures challenge, and were thrilled to be crowned winners of the regional heat.

The competition was formed of three rounds, with students completing a range of tasks that enabled them to demonstrate their creativity, practical skills, industry knowledge, team-working ability and passion for the industry.

The winning team from Solent consisted of students Kristian Haywood, FeiFei Sheng, Cameron Scott and Kolton Smith who were awarded vouchers and certificates for their success, as well as a place at the London final at the end of February. Kristian Haywood, who's currently in his second year, was also presented with the Outstanding Student award in the challenge by event sponsors Interaction Recruitment, standing out as a team player amongst his peers and for his contribution to the winning team.

The team collecting their certificates for winning the regional rounds

The Solent team attended the London final, which was held at Ballymore head office and the Wardian building site at Canary Wharf. The students took part in a site inspection, with the option of two scenarios to present to the management team of Ballymore. The team unfortunately did not come away as winners on the day, however the CIOB noted they worked well as a team and gave a great final presentation.

We caught up with Kristian to find out what it was like to be involved in the challenge.

What was involved in the regional challenge?

The first challenge was to design and build a bridge using the available materials within the given time limit. The materials consisted of plastic bottles, a couple of sheets of card, cardboard straws, paper clips, etc. There were extra points for every 10cm over 30cm for height and length. The second challenge was to prepare and deliver a presentation on how to attract students to the construction industry. The third challenge was a quiz based on construction.

The team's bridge design

What did it mean to you to win the outstanding student award? 

I was pleasantly surprised. I felt proud and also felt that my team mates deserved some of the credit.

How do you feel your studies at Solent helped prepare you for this challenge?

My studies at Solent have laid the foundations that led to success in the challenge by developing my presentation skills and knowledge of the construction industry.

At the Wardian site in Canary Wharf