The CIOB Newcastle Hub Student Challenge – Hartlepool College

Under the leadership of our esteemed Technical Support Manager Tony Maw, the North East Hub hosted the CIOB Student Challenge at Hartlepool College of Further Education, generously sponsored by Competence Matters. The event drew a record-breaking 13 teams from institutions across the region, including apprentices from Home Group.

Tasked with developing a modular extension for the Tees Valley Education Multi Academies Trust, teams faced objections over issues such as parking and design concerns from Sports England. Their challenge was to redesign the extension, propose new drainage systems, and ensure compliance with planning regulations and sustainability criteria.

Guided by construction professionals acting as mentors, teams worked tirelessly to present innovative solutions within a tight timeframe. Home Group apprentices clinched the top prize, with Gateshead College winning for Best Innovative Idea and Scarlett Freeman of Middlesbrough College awarded Best Leader. Hartlepool College received a 'Highly Commended' accolade.

Tony Maw MCIOB, serving as project lead and judge, commended the students for their dedication and knowledge. Paul Young FCIOB, CIOB Trustee and Judge, praised their focus and the quality of their presentations despite tight time constraints.

The event showcased the talent and potential of future construction industry leaders, reinforcing the commitment for innovation and collaboration within the sector under Tony Maw's guidance.

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