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Construction students at York College studying design, quantity surveying and civil engineering have benefitted from an education tour of the new Askham Bar Park&Ride site. Seeing the project as it is being constructed, the visit was part of the enrichment programme for first and second year Extended Diploma Construction and Built Environment students, several of whom plan to progress to university.

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The site tour, by engineers from the City of York Council, provided hands-on experience into how the multi-million pound construction site is managed. The site is unusual in that it is a former landfill tip and the team were faced with a number of constraints including managing the gases moving through the landfill and being in such close proximity to a Site of Special Scientific interest.

This was the first time members of the public had the opportunity to see the site, which is located directly opposite York College. Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability, said: “It’s not every day that students are given this exclusive behind-the scenes access on to a project of this scale. The new Park&Ride sites, and outer ring-road roundabout upgrade, represent one of the largest single investments in the city’s transport infrastructure since the northern ring road was built. It’s vitally important that though large schemes like this we can use this opportunity to provide future generations of engineers and construction workers valuable insight and hands-on experience into working in this industry. We’re delighted to be able to offer this opportunity and who knows; perhaps one day these students could be planning the next Park&Ride site in York.”

Andy Pulleyn, Construction tutor at York College said: “The College welcomes the opportunity for students to gain such valuable industrial experience. The visit to the Askham Bar Park&Ride site is integral to the Extended Diploma course, it has enabled students to visualise concepts and theory. We know real building projects allow students to put their learning in to context and site visits such as this, as well as work experience, provide outstanding enrichment opportunities for students.”

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