Newham Construction Mentoring Programme – January Launch

A brand new mentoring programme has been created to support students who have enrolled on the 14-19 Diplomas in Construction and the Built Environment (CBE) and Engineering.

The mentoring programme has been developed in partnership with the Construction Industry Council, Newham Education Business Partnership and the London Borough of Newham 14-19 Education team and will be launched in January 2009.

The programme involves linking volunteer practitioners from related built environment disciplines with young people aged 14 to 19 years old in Newham, giving the volunteer an invaluable opportunity to support and encourage potential future practitioners. The mentoring programme aims to raise the student’s aspirations and self-esteem, support improvement in their academic performance, develop key functional skills and support informed career choices.

Mentors and mentees will have regular meetings at the students’ school or college where they will share knowledge and information which, will enhance the student’s work-based learning and further develop their practical and academic understanding of their chosen career of interest.

For further information or if you wish to become a volunteer and support young people in Newham contact Danna Walker (CIC, Project Manager) on 020 7399 7404 or email dwalker@cic.org.uk

Read more @ the SOURCE: Landscape Institute – Newham Construction Mentoring Programme.

Design team chosen for transport interchange – Rochdale Online

Rochdale Online reports

“Rochdale’s new public transport hub came a step closer to reality this week after Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive announced the five-strong design team for the £11.5million project.

Aedas Architects and surveying firm Davis Langdon will join engineering and construction specialists Atkins, Jacobs and Marston and Grundy will design the Smith Street interchange on the River Roch.”

[SOURCE: Rochdale Online -Design team chosen for transport interchange].

Urban development guidelines published – The Irish Times

“Statutory planning guidelines on development in urban areas were launched on Dec 31, 2008 by Irish Minister for the Environment John Gormley.”

[SOURCE: The Irish Times – “Urban development guidelines published”]

2,000 trees to create the roots of London 2012 Olympic Park – London 2012

Suppliers are being sought for approximately 2,000 mature and semi-mature trees to form the ‘roots’ of the 100 hectare park that will provide a colorful setting and festival atmosphere for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and a new green space for people and wildlife in legacy.

The four to seven metre high trees will be planted over the following three winters as the park is created on cleaned up former industrial land and will include a range of traditional species such as oak, ash, alder, willow, birch, hazel, cherry, poplar, London plane and lime. Companies interested in supplying the trees can register for the opportunity at www.competefor.com – the online ‘dating’ agency matching businesses to London 2012 supply chain work.

Read the full press release @London 2012 – News: 2,000 trees to create the roots of London 2012 Olympic Park

Foster + Partners with Aston Martin win joint first prize in competition to design a new bus for London

The joint submission by Foster + Partners and Aston Martin has won first prize, alongside Capoco Design, in Transport for London’s competition to design a new bus for the capital. The two iconic British brands worked together to challenge preconceptions of bus design with a vehicle that is environmentally sensitive, accessible, convivial and reinvents a much-loved symbol of London for the modern era.

Read more & see the images @ the [SOURCE: Foster + Partners].

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