City University London has been named as a centre of excellence in temporary works and construction method engineering.
The accolade was bestowed by the Temporary Works Forum, which promotes best practice within UK construction.
In giving the award, the forum pledged £250,000 over five years towards developing educational provision and research. It also plans to fundraise £400,000 for research.
The centre of excellence will provide education for practicing engineers. This will start as continuing professional development training, but the aim is to launch an MSc in civil engineering in September next year.
The Temporary Works Forum funding will support the centre director and six PhD studentships between 2015 and 2020.
The director of the new centre of excellence and senior lecturer in civil engineering Dr Andrew McNamara said: “Temporary works are a safety critical aspect of the construction process across the industry; regardless of the size of a project.
“We are delighted that the Temporary Works Forum has decided to establish this important centre of excellence at the university. We are well placed to offer post graduate education in temporary works and construction method engineering and look forward to contributing to improvements in construction safety and innovation.”