Civil Engineering students complete urban design project with Nottingham City Council

Final year BSc civil engineering have recently completed a ten-week urban design project

Final year BSc civil engineering students in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment have recently completed a ten-week urban design project. The project, which has been running for the last six years, encourages students to come up with new ways to promote active travel, including walking and cycling, to address congestion, health and pollution as levels of walking and cycling in Nottingham have dropped over the last few decades.

During the project, experts in transportation, and urban design gave lectures to students to help inspire and guide them. Visiting experts included Keith Morgan, Principal Transport Planner at Nottingham City Council and Phil Jones, author of ‘Manual for Streets 2' and Chairman of Phil Jones Associates.  A presentation also took place exploring cycling in Wageningen in the Netherlands, delivered by Nele Bettels from DSA Environment and Design in Nottingham.

Working in teams of six and eight, students proposed solutions for connecting West Bridgford to Nottingham City Centre through the improvement of junctions and the introduction of a better cycling and walking network, as well as an ‘iconic’ new Trent bridge. Students were encouraged to draw inspiration from the best examples of ‘active travel’ from around the world.  Final presentations involved making models and videos to sell their ideas to a specially invited panel.

Keith Morgan, Principal Transport Planner at The Transport Strategy Team at Nottingham City Council commented: “We have a good relationship with NTU and its staff and have worked in partnership to deliver enhancements to the City Centre around the NTU campus. I have been involved with the project for a few years now and I have always found it enjoyable. My role is to give a ‘real world’ insight into delivering projects, which I feel is important as it gives the students an insight as to what they can expect when they are working, bidding for work and designing and delivering schemes for clients.”

Final year civil engineering student ‘We learnt a lot about urban transportation and really enjoyed working on what is a real live project.  It was quite a challenge to work in a team and practice ‘soft’ skills like presenting and communication as well as ‘hard’ technical design skills. I especially liked the model making aspect of the project because it allowed us to show our ideas.”

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Civil Engineering students complete urban design project with Nottingham City Council

Published on 20 March 2018
  • Category: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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