Following a term’s worth of hard work developing plans for an alternative use for one of the new buildings in the Westgate development; Level 3 Engineering students were excited to hear which team were announced as the winners.
Three teams of students presented their pitches to a panel of judges, including mentors from the Laing O’Rourke Westgate Oxford Project team, before the Christmas break with the hope of winning. All of the students impressed the judges with their professional attitude and attire and the pitches included plans for a luxury - yet sustainable - hotel and spa, a gym and leisure centre sponsored by a leading sports retailer and a two-storey go karting centre.
The overall winners were 1st Go Kart, pictured below together with some examples of their work.
Paul DiMambro, Sustainability Manager at Laing O’Rourke, met with the students at the Technology Campus in Blackbird Leys to announce the winners on behalf of the judging panel. Mr DiMambro said: “All three teams surpassed our expectations and gave confident presentations which demonstrated that they had conducted significant research and placed sustainability and commerciality at the heart of their projects. However, one team offered a solution that was so rounded and convincing that it had to be the winner. I was delighted to announce that team ‘1st Go-kart’ were the winners of the project. All of the students involved in the project should be very proud of their efforts and feel confident in their abilities as future Engineers.”
Alex Warner, Career Pathways Director at Activate Learning, said: “It is fantastic to have had such great industry support from Laing O’Rourke. The experiences that they have given our students throughout this project are vital for their futures. The students have been so enthusiastic and excited to work on this project which culminated in a very real experience of work; pitching their ideas to a panel of judges. It was very clear to the panel that all of the students involved in the project have strengthened their skills and improved their confidence since the project launched in September. It is wonderful to see them progressing so well and working hard to develop their employability.”