Students get close to bypass project

Students with some of the MNB team and apprentices at the Morpeth Northern Bypass project.
Students with some of the MNB team and apprentices at the Morpeth Northern Bypass project.

Students have been given a behind-the-scenes look at one of the region’s biggest infrastructure projects.

A total of 17 students visited the Morpeth Northern Bypass (MNB) site as part of a three-day event organised by the Construction Youth Partnership – a charity funded by businesses and councils to help support more young people into construction and engineering careers.

The event, named Budding Brunels, saw A-Level students, including some from Morpeth’s King Edward VI School, see the action up close.

Scott Beattie, project manager at MNB, said: “The event was a great day, not just for the students but for the team here at MNB as well.

“It’s refreshing to see so many young faces excited about engineering – whether that be civil or mechanical, the Budding Brunels programme gave us the opportunity to inspire the next generation through our work and we were delighted to be a part of it.”

While at the MNB Northgate site, students learned about 3D and 4D planning technologies that help the team to work efficiently and safely, as well as ecology and safety, before being kitted out with hard hats, high-vis clothing, goggles and gloves to view one of the project’s most impressive structures – the 52m long Cotting Burn culvert.

Budding Brunels also included a day with infrastructure organisation AECOM, which worked with Carillion Plc on the design of the MNB project, and a day at Newcastle University with the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences.

Budding Brunels is just one of the programmes run by the Construction Youth Trust designed to help young people understand more about the opportunities that exist within the industry.

For more information on the MNB project visit www.morpethnorthernbypass.org, or for more information on the Construction Youth Trust visit www.constructionyouth.org.uk