Students recognised for designing the future

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Housebuilding industry giants,CALA Homes, have awarded five students with paid internships as part of their Student Partnership Award with Heriot-Watt University.  The poster making competition which briefed students to “push each and every boundary" of what makes up a typical home took place on 28th February and the winners were announced on 21st March.
(C) Ian Georgeson. L-R David McGrath, Managing Director of CALA Homes (East), Claire Saville, Liam Keeble, Benjamin Kratz, Melanie Fecker, Easton Arthur, Fiona Grant (Director of Learning & Teaching, School of Energy Geoscience Infrastructure & Society)

Housebuilding industry giants,CALA Homes, have awarded five students with paid internships as part of their Student Partnership Award with Heriot-Watt University.

The poster making competition which briefed students to “push each and every boundary” of what makes up a typical home took place on 28th February and the winners were announced on 21st March.

Easton Arthur and Melanie Fecker took 1st and 2nd place respectively for Construction Project Management, while Liam Keeble was 1st for Quantity Surveying, and Claire Saville and Benjamin Kratz were joint 2nd place.

The students, who are currently in their third year of the University’s Construction Project Management and Quantity Surveying course, will take part in their internships this summer.

The placement will allow them to work alongside CALA’s expert team, while also seeing if their creative ideas can be put into practice.

Professor Fiona Grant, Director of Learning and Teaching, School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society at Heriot-Watt University, said: “Students fully engaged in this exciting opportunity to help solve a real problem facing the housing sector.

“The quality of the solutions provided demonstrated the ability of the students to fully appreciate the disrupters of the future and the impact this will have on how people will live their lives

David McGrath, Managing Director of CALA Homes (East), said: ““The quality of the work that the students have produced and the enthusiasm with which they have approached this project has exceeded all of our expectations and we’ve been extremely impressed with the ideas they have generated.

“The housebuilding industry has a lot to offer young people who are looking for a rewarding career. As a growing industry, we need new talent and ideas for the future, so to have had such a positive response to this new initiative is fantastic.”

Runner-up prizes on the day went to Susanna Ford, Niamh Doyle and Neil Finlay from Construction Project Management, and Lewis Mulholland and Gillian Smith from Quantity Surveying.

 
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