Construction students gain insight into Co-op Live project

A group of Construction students in high-viz jackets stand on the roof of the Co-op Live construction site in Manchester.

Students from UCEN Manchester’s School of Construction and Engineering were recently given exclusive access to one of the city’s most exciting builds.

The HNC Construction and the Built Environment students visited the Co-op Live site, where the UK’s soon-to-be biggest indoor arena is under construction.

They were given an insight into careers in digital construction by Co-op’s digital team, followed by an excellent industry talk which covered:

  • the development of producing 3D models and their output to 2D drawings
  • information management
  • the benefits of being able to use 3D information for design collaboration and co-ordination.

First year student Vanessa McFarquhar said:

It was a privilege to hear from and speak with the professionals involved in the designing and building of such a large project. To see the progress from design to build so far brings the classroom theory to life. This was a great opportunity!

The students’ day concluded with an overview of the project from a Senior Site Manager and a tour of the impressive construction site.

Dean Mooney, another first year student, added: “Being on the site of a large construction project brings a lot of the study elements to life. It has given me a better appreciation and understanding of the hard work that's involved in the pre planning stages. 

“The amount of data that is retained throughout a project like this is incredible. I thoroughly enjoyed the visit and I feel it’s given me a boost of confidence in what's achievable.”

Find out more about courses in UCEN Manchester’s School of Construction and Engineering here.