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Young engineers vie for egg race prize

Civil Engineering's 14th annual Great Egg Race - Teambuild - took place at Durdent Court near Uxbridge recently.

Young teams of up to si x members are pitted against each other as they compete for a £1,500 prize.

Their aim is to master plan a project from proposal to construction.

During the event, judges introduce problems that the teams must overcome.

Each team must include people from a number of different disciplines – at the very minimum, an architect, an engineer and a building services engineer.

The aim of the weekend is to foster teambuilding.

Teams take the project, which is a real scheme, usually an inner-city brownfield development, through five stages.

They must:
- write a development brief and whole-life performance;
- outline the design;
- develop contract strategy;
- finalise detailed design;
- takethe project to construction phase and completion.

This year, the project was The Avenue in Chesterfield, a 98-hectare former coking works undergoing redevelopment by Jacobs.

One of the nine judges was from the developer.

"This competition highlighted the need for young professionals of all disciplines to work together as a team to develop the overall project," said Charly Clark, who judged the competition on behalf of ICE, said: "The weekend was a huge success for the participants. The organising working party and the judges all took away significant experience from the event."

The number of teams is whittled down to eight for the weekend through a prequalification procedure as teams.

This year's finalists were from Arup, Costain, Balfour Beatty, BDP, Whitbybird, Mott MacDonald, Jacobs and Buro Happold, with Buro Happold's "Team Olympus" eventually coming out on top.

While the event is prestigious for young people in construction, there are other incentives – £1,500 is up for grabs.

The event is sponsored by Construction Skills, ICE, IMechE, lStructE, RIBA, RICS, IOB and CIBSE.

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