Go4SET Project Day – Costain Galliford Try.

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On Tuesday 20th September, the 7 victorious students from last academic year’s Go4SET competition enjoyed a day out at the Costain Galliford Try site office, just off Junction 18 of the M1. The two construction giants, Costain and Galliford Try, are working together on the Smart Motorway All Lane Running Scheme, on the M1 from Junction 19 to Junction 16. This project will open up the hard shoulder as a possible fourth lane, which will dramatically improve the flow of traffic. The students enjoyed meeting one of the project managers of this £100 million development, who explained to them the challenges that the Costain Galliford Try team have had to overcome throughout the project, such as their duty of care to the local environment, and the development of special lasers to check the speed of traffic.

The Year 10 students – Ben McCahill, Jacob Dawe, James Howling, Dominic Baggott, Tess Duffin, Charlotte Langford and Robyn Warwick – received their invitation to the site office after impressing all with their ‘Eco-Hotel’ project, which received ‘Best Overall Project’ at last academic year’s Go4SET competition. Part of their winning project referred to the advances in solar road technology, and as a reward for their efforts, one of the Go4SET judges, Helen Nurrish, invited the winning team to visit her at the site for a tour and to present their ideas on this new technology to her staff at the site.

Indeed, the students impressed their newest audience with a brilliant presentation on recent solar road developments. All students presented confidently and intelligently to a group of twenty Costain Galliford Try employees, and the students have certainly given the construction giants some food for thought! Who knows, maybe solar road technology will reach our highways one day, and if it does, we know who to thank