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Undergraduates work as sub-contractors on Scottish project

Undergraduates from the University of Strathclyde are working on site for Graham Construction as part of the company’s £37M refurbishment of the Royal Commonwealth Pool (RCP) in Edinburgh.

In the past, students have been involved through the Constructionarium programme in working on creating scaled projects including the Swiss Re Building (better known as the Gherkin) in London, to the Torre de Collersola in Barcelona – from project planning and health and safety training through to construction.

Now Graham Construction has invited 10 students from the University of Strathclyde to become involved in an actual project as part of the redevelopment of the iconic RCP in Edinburgh.

Graham Construction project manager Paul McBurney said: “Rather than have them working on a temporary structure off-site which would then be demolished, we reckoned it would be more valuable to have the students involved in the construction of part of the permanent works on the RCP site.

“This gives them the invaluable experience of working on a live site as a sub-contractor and also helps them gain a real understanding of the types of time, cost and quality pressures contractors face on high profile projects like this.

“We are tremendously proud to give students this type of live experience under the Constructionarium framework.”

The students have been on-site at the grade A listed building to take part in the work to excavate and help build part of an electrical substation as part of the renovation of the Pool.

Graham Construction started work on the £37.1M refurbishment of the grade-A listed Royal Commonwealth Pool (RCP) in August 2009 after being appointed as the main contractor by The City of Edinburgh Council.

The RCP was built in 1967 to host the 1970 Commonwealth Games and went on to host the 1986 Games.

Although well-used and much loved, the RCP was deemed to have reached the end of its useful life and required a complete upgrade in order to deliver a building fit to host the diving competition for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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