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Inspiring the next generation of engineers

UK and Europe 03 February 2023

On Friday 27 January, Principal Engineer, Robert Marney met ten students and their teachers from South Bank UTC at Tower Place in London. The group was taking a tour of Marsh McLennan's recently refurbished UK Headquarters, for which Cundall provided MEP services.

The students, who had been challenged to write an assignment on energy management, were using the building as a case study to learn how engineers plan for, carry out and consider the results of an energy management audit. They also learnt about setting and monitoring targets for energy savings.

Marsh McLennan's George Georgiou facilitated the visit alongside Cundall and Overbury, and the group viewed different engineering systems and net zero carbon elements. They then began surveying the building and its MEP services as part of an audit demanded by the assignment brief.

Commenting on the experience, Rob Marney, who was project lead for the Tower Place refurbishment, said, "it was a great pleasure to connect with the students from South Bank UTC. This field trip provided them with detailed material for their assignment and a valuable insight into a real corporate building and the controls and systems within it.

"I'm really passionate about helping young people find their way into engineering, and I know I really valued the opportunity to learn from real-life projects when I was on my way up."

In addition to the tour of the building, the students were also provided with an overview of the project delivery process, helping them to understand how the project worked and how Cundall were appointed as engineers.

Derwyn Kennedy, Assistant Vice Principal at Southbank UTC commented, "the students had a great day. A huge thank you to Rob for arranging such an informative visit. It allowed the students to see so much of the theory they had learned in action.

"It is this type of experience that allows students to gain a better understanding of what they are learning in the classroom and, therefore, go on to achieve higher grades."