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Student challenge tackles flats for occupants with learning disability

The winners line up at the 2022 Newcastle Hub Student Challenge

Hartlepool College was the winner of this year’s Newcastle Hub 2022 Student Challenge, which saw three teams compete on a task based on building specialist accommodation.

Teams from Hartlepool College, Gateshead College and RE:geon were challenged to construct six one-bedroomed, self-contained flats over two floors for people with learning disabilities and/or autism. Entrants had to consider wheelchair use for the ground floor flats, car parking spaces for six cars and a communal garden.

Consultant and contractor

The teams, who were working as consultant and contractor, were to advise the client if their needs for the development could be met. They were required to look at the layout of the site, construction methods, delivery, sustainability both within the building and the construction.

They then had four and half hours to complete the challenge and produce a presentation for the five expert judges.

The winning Hartlepool team were: Alexis Burn, Bryn Suggett, Harry Emerson, Adam Middleton, Jack Smith and Louis Anderson.

RE:geon won Best Innovative Idea, and Thomas Wilson from Gateshead College won Best Leader.

Special thanks to RE:GEN who sponsored the Student Challenge.

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