Construction Site Visit

Alsop Construction students have recently attended site visits to the University of Central Lancashire and Wythenshawe Hall and Heaton Hall in Manchester.

The visits were facilitated by, Conlon Construction. The company undertakeconstruction, design & build, new build and refurbishment projects, for both public sector and private clients.

At the University of Central Lancashire site, a single-storey ground floor extension, is being added to the Foster Building. It includes areas for break out activities and informal spaces for social learning. Alsop Students were guided around by, the Site Manager, Francesca Mason. Students found the project interesting as building work was taking place within a live setting with the University operating as normal.

At Wythenshawe Hall, restoration work was taking place after an arson attack cased extensive fire damage to many of its original features. Repairs included making the building weather tight and replacing its temporary roof with a traditional slate roof and carrying out repairs on-site to the bell tower, and restoring original windows. At Heaton Hall, the projectinvolves window repairs to the external elevations and the full restoration of windows.

Mr Paul Cousineau comments,

“Students found learning about Grade 1 and 2 listed buildings, and the restrictions placed on projects of particular interest. Discussions back in class have continued, about why specific buildings are listed, and detailed renovating or restoring work."
“Students’ behaviour and conduct on both days was impeccable. The visits reinforced classroom teaching and provided the opportunity to learn more about the day-to-day life of working in the construction industry.”