At the end of the second year, CEGE students take part in an innovative field trip called the Constructionarium, in conjunction with industry leaders such as Laing O'Rourke and Waterman.

This project gives students a first-hand experience on-site engineering planning, implementation and decision-making in the context of a field project. Student teams act as contractors to produce a scale version of an existing structure. The work is carried out under the supervision, help and guidance of Expanded/Laing O'Rourke, who also provide all materials, plant and equipment. Engineers from the Waterman group act as resident engineers. Each student team is responsible for the management, planning and costing of their project, as well as setting out and the field work itself.

Health and Safety instruction, practical exercises and preliminary planning from working drawings take place in the week immediately before the field course.


While most field trip costs (including academic staff supervision, coach transport, construction materials, labour, plant, contractor supervision, meeting facilities, personal protective equipment) are met by industrial sponsors and the department, students are required to pay approximately £225 towards the trip, which contributes to accommodation and food costs.

Constructionarium - students pour concrete

Constructionarium - students build naples canopy

Consctructionarium - students celebrate

Constructionarium - students celebrate construction