The Engineering Education Scheme is a 6-month long scheme designed to give Year 12 students a realistic insight in to a career in engineering. This year, our group’s mentors were Network Rail and Taylor Woodrow and their project was based around the construction of the Crossrail West stations.
The task was to conduct a BREEAM pre-assessment on the new plans for Southall station. BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method), is the world’s longest established method of assessing, rating, and certifying the sustainability of buildings. As well as an assessment of the new plans for the station, the team were also asked to try and improve its BREEAM rating by at least one level within a budget of £100,000.
On the 20th of March, research complete and presentation polished, the team went to the Crossrail headquarters in Canary Wharf to present to a panel including the Director of Crossrail West and it seemed that their ideas were very well received. Last week, along with students from schools across London and the South East, they attended the Engineering Education Scheme Celebration and Awards Day at UCL’s Department of Engineering and were delighted to learn that much of their proposal is being considered for implementation, not only at Southall, but at all 13 of the Crossrail West stations. This earned them this year’s top prize: the Prize for Best Contribution to Business.