Willmott Dixon builds career foundations for students with tour of £31m Birmingham university extension

Contractor Willmott Dixon has given a group of university students a site tour of Birmingham City University’s (BCU) new extension project.

Due for completion in October 2017, the £31 million scheme is being built using the latest BIM technology, making it the ideal site for student engagement visits.

Led by the Birmingham-based construction firm, the group of 23 architectural technology and BIM Masters students from BCU and the University of Wolverhampton visited the Curzon B extension which, once complete, will house over 3,000 students and feature more than 650 rooms, a student hub, lecture theatre and mock courtrooms.

BCU student, Sam George Taylor, thoroughly enjoyed the tour, he said: “Our site visit was an interesting and new experience, having the opportunity to see how a design develops into a working project was great. I liked seeing how the builders are using BIM models to work and reference from. I would be interested in visiting again when the project is further through the build stage.”

Peter Owen, managing director at Willmott Dixon in the West Midlands, said: “Students need to learn the practical side of construction as well as the theoretical elements. We provide site tours to help students learn more about our work and the practical side of construction."

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