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Dock challenge tests teamwork

TEAM WORKING skills of young people from different construction disciplines were put to the test at the Institution recently.

The Build a Building challenge for each team was to draw up a development plan for the area around SS Great Britain in the Bristol Docks.

Teams had to outline contract strategy, detailed design, construction phase to completion, hand over and first years use and occupation in their final report to the judges on Sunday 26 April.

Judging concentrated on leadership, team work, presentation and commercial awareness as well as technical ability.

'The competition tested effective communication between professionals, of different disciplines which is needed in the construction industry to avoid the 'fuzzy edge' syndrome,' said Dave Williams of ICE, who organised the competition with the Junior Liaison Organisation on behalf of the Construction Industry Council.

The six strong Synergy team walked away with the £1,000 cash prize, and the Tarmac Challengers scooped £500 for winning the Contract Strategy Stage.

'As a competition in communication, as a learning process, and as a demonstration of the ability of the young people in our industry to work together, the competition was a resounding success,' said David Cawthra, chairman of the judges and vice president of ICE.

An exhibition of the most imaginative scheme is on display at the ICE during May/June. For information on next year's competition contact David Williams, tel: (0171) 222 7722.

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