Friends of Cromford Canal work alongside Civil Engineering students

Final year students BSc (Hons) and BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering students recently worked to a brief set by the Friends of Cromford Canal (FCC) to investigate restoring a section of the canal around Condor Reservoir.

Final year students BSc (Hons) and BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering students recently worked to a brief set by the Friends of Cromford Canal (FCC) to investigate restoring a section of the canal around Condor Reservoir. Students were split into groups and required to addressing elements such as an on-site car park, junction improvements and navigation into and out of the reservoir.

The groups had the chance to visit the site for a walkover upon starting the brief, where they could inspect the current locks on the canal, car park and navigation. Students had to take their various conditions into consideration for their plans for improvements. They then submitted client risks, potential build ability issues and their recommendations for the development.

The FCC then came into NTU for the students to pitch their ideas and recommendations during a design critique session. Including visuals such as 3D models and images, each group also undertook a five minute question and answer session. At the end of the critique, the FCC chose their favourite scheme and awarded other groups for other aspects of their recommendations.

Afterwards, Matthew Rogers of the FCC said: "The input from NTU students has really raised our profile and we are gaining ever greater support for full restoration. At a recent meeting of like-minded canal groups I explained the partnership that the FCC has developed with NTU - it certainly made a lot of the other groups very envious!

"The students bring fresh ideas and concepts as they generally have no preconceived ideas of what is right and wrong. Over the two projects that the FCC have now completed with NTU we have seen some unique ideas that the membership are extremely excited about. This is not just an opportunity to restore the canal but put it on the map of 'must see' attractions."

All of the student designs will be shown to the FCC membership at the April AGM at Ironville village hall, Monday 20 April 2015.

Friends of Cromford Canal work alongside Civil Engineering students

Published on 29 January 2015
  • Category: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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