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Students challenged to design future urban tipper truck

Students at Nottingham Trent University have been challenged to design a cycle safe system for existing tipper trucks by national construction company McGee.

Urban tipper truck
McGee has tasked NTU students with designing a cycle-safe system for existing tipper trucks

Students at Nottingham Trent University have been challenged to design a cycle safe system for existing tipper trucks by national construction company McGee.

To launch the scheme, an existing truck (pictured) has been fully liveried and will come to Nottingham to enable BSc Product Design students to get better understanding of what a driver can and can't see on the urban road.

The aim is to get the students to come up with ways to improve safety for cyclists in cities by designing a retro-fitted system which is aerodynamic, commercially viable and suitable for on and off-road conditions.

Final year student Thomas James, who has already started working on the project, will use it as the basis of his final year major study project. Over 28 weeks, Thomas will produce a working prototype of his chosen concept, funded by McGee.

Thomas said: "The prospect of working on such a wide ranging and potentially lifesaving brief excites me. The project aims to solve a very real issue and I am looking forward to the design challenges presented by the brief as well as my partnership with McGee."

Around 45 second year BSc (Hons) Product Design students will also immerse themselves into the design brief as part of a competition set by McGee. Over a period of five weeks, in teams of four, they will develop concepts which are backed by all of the necessary research, drawings and feasibility reports. Winning team members will each receive a £500 cash prize awarded by a judging panel.

Dr Matthew Watkins, of the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, who is the BSc (Hons) Product Design course leader and a senior lecturer, said: "This is an exciting opportunity for students to engage on a genuine real life project, that has such potential to improve the lives of road users across the UK through innovative technological design solutions."

John McGee, director of McGee, added: "We're excited to be embarking on this project with Nottingham Trent University as we look to further enhance our fleet of tippers above and beyond minimum compliance.

"We are proud to be FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme) Gold accredited and a CLOCS (Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety) champion, but we know there’s still more that can be done to protect vulnerable road users as we play a key role for many major projects in London.

"By working with the BSc Product Design students it is our goal to seek fresh new ideas and lead the way with construction vehicle safety in London. We're very much looking forward to seeing the concepts that Thomas and the second year students come up with."

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    McGee is a broad based construction company and multi-disciplined specialist contractor. Family owned and managed for over 50 years, it continues to build on our considerable technical capabilities and upon a reputation for excellence and innovation.

    McGee delivers a wide spectrum of decontamination, demolition, construction and civil engineering services – operating as a specialist sub-contractor or main contractor. McGee also provides telecommunications, recycling and land engineering services.
    More information can also be found on the McGee website.

Students challenged to design future urban tipper truck

Published on 2 December 2015
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