King's High School and Warwick High students meet architects, quantity surveyors and contractors to learn more about Project One Campus.
There is nothing like experiencing something firsthand, and King’s High and Warwick students have been learning about Architecture, Construction, Planning, Surveying and Property, directly through Project One Campus.
At a Careers Workshop on Tuesday 13th February, the team behind Project One – architects, quantity surveyors and contractors – took students through the entire process of a major build, from client brief, to project completion. Students had the chance to see the process made real, as they stood on the terrace of the Halse Pavilion and viewed the new King’s High building - rising fast - in front of them.
Old Warwickian (and King’s High parent) Jim Button, of Starkey Button, spoke about quantity surveying, telling students: ‘Think of us as the accountants of the construction industry,’ and explained the intricacies of tendering and bidding. Paul Baxter, Partner at Nicholas Hare Architects, described the architectural process behind Project One. ‘Everything is designed in 3D,’ he explained. ‘Effectively, we build the building twice – once virtually, and once real,’ and he proceeded to show just how that is done. Michael Quinney of Speller Metcalfe, the Project Manager on Project One, gave an overview of the UK Construction industry (worth 7% of GDP), talked about career prospects, and explained the distinctions between the Building Industry, Construction, and Civil Engineering.
Students particularly enjoyed the personal insights – those details that often bring a particular ‘career’ to life, such as Mike Quinney explaining that his passion for building stems from loving Lego as a child, and a desire to solve puzzles, and Paul Baxter describing how, in an increasingly virtual world: ‘Architecture and buildings are real. For me, it’s all about making things – things you can touch, feel and experience.’