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Around 120 architectural technology undergraduates from Nottingham Trent University are bringing their course work to life through a series of site visits to the university’s new Confetti Institute of Creative Technology headquarters, currently being built by Nottingham-based construction specialists Stepnell.

The first- and second-year students, who are studying for BArch (Hons) Technology and Environment in Architecture and BSC (Hons) Architectural Technology degrees, will use the site visits and associated work in parallel with their studio design project for a mid-size public building. The students will then be producing a construction drawing package based on their own studio projects.

“The aim of these site visits is to help students gain a better understanding and appreciation of what they are learning in class so that they can see how technology is applied in building design on a live construction project,” says Stepnell quantity surveyor Charlotte Chambers, who has organised the student site visits. “It gives them a taste of what happens in real time on site which is crucial to their understanding of architectural practice and the construction industry. It’s also a great way of bringing students’ studies to life and highlighting some of the exciting career opportunities open to architectural technology graduates.” 

Stepnell’s Confetti project delivery team will host ten site visits during the construction of the new building which is due for completion in June 2018.

The Confetti Institute, which became part of Nottingham Trent University in 2015, provides industry-led vocational creative technology courses for further and higher education students in music technology, gaming, film and TV, radio and live events production.

Designed by Allan and Joyce Architects and built by Stepnell, the £5.6 million, six-storey flagship facility will provide lecture rooms, a café, library, courtyard and a rooftop terrace. The new headquarters will also feature a green ‘living roof’ which will provide a wildlife habitat, added building insulation and rainwater absorption, reducing storm water run-off.

NTU senior lecturer Richard Dundas says: “The Architectural Technology course prides itself on its links to real world scenarios within industry, specifically office environments and site visits. The opportunity for all year groups to shadow such a significant construction scheme, such as the new work to the Confetti site, throughout the year has been invaluable in grounding the theory of academia into a real-world setting. We are forever grateful to the on-site team for accommodating the team and our students and providing us with this unparalleled insight into an exciting development.”

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