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Site Visit at Heathrow Pier 6 and Craft Centre

Aim - engage students with a multi million pound site and taster of craft skills
Area - Greater London
Contact - Rachel Hann, CITB-ConstructionSkills

BAA supported CITB-ConstructionSkills during National Construction Week by giving year 10 students from Abottsfield School Hillingdon the opportunity to view a £120 million construction project up close and have some hands on experience of craft skills.

Merle Bacon Construction Liaison Manager who helped organise the day-long event, greeted the students at Terminal 3 before escorting them to Pier 6, one of the most challenging and exciting construction schemes undertaken at Heathrow.

Pier 6 will be a new pier for a new aircraft the A380 and it will be the largest aircraft to operate at Heathrow when it comes into service in February 2006.

Existing piers are too small to accommodate the new plane, which will stand 24.1m in height and 72.7m in length.

Sarah Judge BAA Terminal 3 Project Leader gave a presentation to the students of how the project was designed using 3D technology and computer aided graphics. Students were given a tour of pier 6 to see how construction was progressing. The students spent the second part of the day at the Heathrow Craft Centre run by Carillon Construction. There, students were split into two groups and given the opportunity to have hands on experience of painting and decorating and bricklaying.

Dave Hulbert a teacher from Abottsfield School summed up the event: “This has been an excellent day. The visit to Pier 6 was informative and very enjoyable and gave an understanding of project management and potential careers in construction. The craft centre visit was a good initiation into the craft skills that everyone enjoyed”. back