Mace team at LSE Centre Buildings Redevelopment project were approached by Westminster University to support their Management 4 module undertaken by Year 2 BSc Construction Studies students.
Mace staff took this opportunity to develop a cohesive learning module for the students that provides an understanding of systems that allow project managers to oversee a steelwork package. Working with Mace staff, 12 students were able to increase their knowledge of:
- Installation of basement steelwork, structural steel frame with intumescent paint, pre-cast hollow-core concrete planks and temporary bracing for frame stability during the build
- Steelwork design and programme overview
- Roles and responsibilities during package management
Westminster students visited the LSE Centre Buildings Redevelopment project three times during an academic year to complete a piece of coursework titled negotiated fieldwork that represents 40% of the total coursework mark for this module. The purpose of this coursework is to track a project or a sub contract package, depending on the value of the overall project.
As a result of the package management course, students were able to demonstrate a baseline of information against which the Steel package can be measured; including cost, program and quality and explain how over time the package delivery has changed in terms of programme, commercial and team management.
This module is currently being replicated around Mace sites and is also available to others in the industry to replicate.