Bolton students challenged to design state-of-the-art Energy Recovery Centre

Bolton Energy Recovery Facility

Working in partnership with our contractor, SUEZ, we are supporting students from The University of Bolton with their third year project.

SUEZ’s energy team will be putting civil engineers of the future through their paces as part of a challenging new collaborative project with The University of Bolton.

The students on the university’s civil engineering and construction undergraduate programmes will be tasked with designing a state-of-the-art energy recovery centre, supported by guest lectures delivered by SUEZ, and visits to our Energy Recovery facility in Bolton.

The 12-week Interdisciplinary Project is part of the students’ final year assessment, and will give them experience of responding to a comprehensive client brief as they would find in industry, provided by SUEZ. Previous projects have seen students design a racing track, nuclear power station and transport interchange.

“We really want to challenge the students and give them a ‘real world’ project to design,” said Graham Ingleson, SUEZ’s Technical Director, Energy, who will be leading the guest lectures and helping assess the students’ final submissions and project presentations next May.

“Our brief to them will be to design a modern Energy Recovery Centre at Raikes Lane, the site of the current facility in Bolton. As a constrained, brown-field site it has inherent challenges around infrastructure, planning and the social and historic context of the site. We’ll also encourage the students to think creatively about innovative design, using recycled construction materials, and limiting emissions, aiming for a BREEAM excellence rating.”

Collaborating with a local university in such a way is one of the many social value commitments we are delivering in partnership with SUEZ, and shows our commitment to support those who wish to pursue a STEM career.

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