Students from Edinburgh Napier and the City of Glasgow College have linked up to design a new visitor hub for Beecraigs Country Park, Linlithgow.
Two teams from the Scottish institutions were tasked with creating an ecologically sustainable, environmentally friendly, and inclusive focal point to the vibrant country park. The aim was to lay out a proposed building that could be constructed and deconstructed away from the intended site, known as offsite construction.
The challenge was originally conceptualized by Edinburgh Napier lecturer Dr Mila Duncheva and Louise Rogers, research assistant for the Centre for Offsite Construction and Innovative Structures; with Catriona Jordan, from City of Glasgow College, as a way of giving students an opportunity to gain some industry experience outwith the university curriculum and in lieu of the international internships usually available to students from the School of Engineering & Built Environment.
Dr Mila Duncheva said: “This challenge was designed to develop students’ transferable skills including teamworking, problem solving, working to tight deadlines and collaborative digital workflows using Building Information Modelling (BIM). I was astounded by both teams’ intricate technical solutions and striking visual presentations and am delighted we provided a positive experience for them during the worst of the pandemic.”