Leada Acrow’s Formwork Supports Students in Building a Bridge

Leada Acrow, the leading falsework and formwork, has played a key part in assisting 15 students build a railway bridge across a specially created landscape. The “Build Camp” initiative is a collaboration between Think Up and Constructionarium; sponsored by Balfour Beatty and the Institute of Civil Engineers.

The students aged 16 to 18 years old were drawn from the Arkwright Trust and Reading, Bucks, Black Country and Burnley UTC’s, and were given an insight into the world of Civil Engineering, Processes on Construction Sites as well as in the office.

The project took 4 days to complete and during this time the students planned and built the 80-metre route and laid the track for a 7¼ inch gauge train which comprised a scaled locomotive (called Ruston) and two carriages, whilst being mindful of construction site rules and behaviours. The train had to travel along the track which, which using Leada Acrow formwork , crossed a water feature then passed through a cutting which was excavated through 1200T of dug material.

To complement the on-site activities, students also met industry representatives to discuss the work they had undertaken and gain perspectives about life in the Construction and Rail Industries.

A-Plant, of which Leada Acrow is a division, also supplied other equipment which included small plant and tools, a dump truck and a telescopic handler all to assist in the construction of the bridge.

Constructionarium (a not for profit organisation) has a number of projects in its portfolio which provides experiential learning to undergraduates at their site based at the National Construction College, Bircham Newton in Norfolk.

For more details, please visit www.constructionarium.co.uk.