Students from Leeds Beckett University explored a career in the building trade at a site visit of the new 14-storey Hampton by Hilton in Leeds, hosted by construction company Robertson.
The visit to the project on Bridge Street was organised as part of the students’ university course to provide them with insights in to the construction sector.
Robertson took the students on a full site tour as they learnt about key aspects of how buildings are constructed from the ground up.
Currently studying at the University’s School of Built Environment & Engineering (SoBEE), the students are pursuing a number of degrees, including Technology, Civil Engineering and Building Surveying.
The visit received extremely positive feedback from the students, who expressed their thanks to Robertson for the opportunity to experience first-hand some of the skills they are currently studying as part of their courses.
Wiyada Imeson, one of the students who visited the site, said: “I learnt a lot from visiting the site. The staff were professional and the information on the site visit was helpful to my studies. I would recommend this site visit to anyone who wants to gain experience from a live project.”
Paul Turner, Managing Director of Robertson Yorkshire & East Midlands, said: “Having the students visit the site was absolutely fantastic. Their enthusiasm and eagerness to learn was great to see, and it showed that the future of the construction industry is in good hands.
“The Robertson site team really enjoyed the experience of passing on their knowledge and expertise to the students, particularly on such an exciting project like this one on Bridge Street in Leeds.”
The site visit was the continuation of an ongoing relationship between Robertson and Leeds Beckett University, which has seen Robertson support students with their dissertations by helping them better understand the use of industry design tools, and provide merchandise for SoBEE’s Careers Fair.
The 192-bed hotel is expected to be completed by late 2019.