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Building Brighter Bridges

Year 8 Students Dante Madamombe, Harriet Fraser, Nana Daffour,Simran Gill, Travis Petty, Panashe Ngwerume, Oliver Morris, Willow Riley, Amy Northall and Issabella Kyere had the opportunity to visit the construction company Laing O'Rourke and Murphy (LM) in Birmingham to develop their Enterprise skills, as part of an Enabling Enterprise team challenge.

LM (Laing O’Rourke and Murphy) are two of Europe’s most prominent and innovative engineering and construction companies. They have come together to form LM, a powerful joint venture, working to deliver the northern section of HS2's phase one enabling works. Both companies are leaders in rail infrastructure delivery, tunnelling, bridge construction, civil engineering, offsite manufacturing and digital engineering. The combination of skills and strengths means that LM can offer a fully rounded service that builds on the best of each organisation and complements the diverse requirements of 21st century major project delivery.

Students in teams were asked to design and construct a model of a brand new bridge connecting the town of Bogsby with a new development which is planned for construction on the other side of the river. To help them, students had to learn about the company, interview LM employees on how they use the enterprise skills of team work and problem solving in their job roles. Students had to apply and analyse different bridge building construction techniques, so they could construct a model of their bridge. Finally each team had to give a pitch about their bridge to a panel of LM employees who were acting as judges.

"It was a great experience learning about the new project HS2 that LM are working on in Birmingham. We even got the chance to make one of our own bridges. I would like to think Enabling Enterprise and LM for making this experience possible" Amy Northall

Harriet Fraser added "It was a challenging task as we had a limited time and resources. The skills we used were problem solving and team work. These skills will help us when we leave school "

Mrs Petrak, Leader of Enterprise