5 Broadgate by MAKE
whicharchitect assisted with arranging a site visit for 20 students from London Metropolitan University to be shown an outstanding project under construction by MAKE
Michael Bailey, partner in MAKE, gave the tour of the project together with MACE, the contractor and was extremely helpful in revealing the architecture construction process to students. Cheryl Pilliner-Reeves, architect and Senior Lecturer at London Met, also primed the students on how to make the most of the visit.
The project has a range of environmental design features and BREEAM Excellent rating.
Ania Folejewska commented after the experience;
"The visit was great. Firstly we got to know a lot about the real works happening during such large projects, [and] many teams of contractors, engineers and architects responsible for separate issues. ...I could observe that the relation between these three professions are extremely important and ability to speak about technology, construction etc is essential for an architect (as one of the architects mentioned, we must know exactly what we talk about when we name each component of our proposal while discussing it with the contractors). Experience of actually being on the site was unforgettable. We could touch everything, observe what kind of machines are used during the excavation process, how huge is the amount of support of its boundaries. It was very interesting to also see elements like reinforced concrete floors still being sliced so the reinforcement bars were partially out."
Pilliner-Reeves of London Met added "We would like to give a big thank you to MACE and MAKE for making this happen."
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