Students from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) joined forces recently with The University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC) in France to develop innovative ideas for construction company AppleGreen Homes during a week-long project on campus.
AppleGreen Homes, which builds modern, eco-friendly housing, tasked students with designing scaffolding and support mechanisms for its construction company.
Fifteen GCU BA International Product Design students worked alongside 25 Mechanical Engineering students from UTC. The students were encouraged to think of new ways to reduce costs using alternative building materials which would provide an eco-friendly solution to the company’s scaffolding requirements.
Speaking at the final student presentations, Allan Wallace, Managing Director of AppleGreen, said:
“The students were asked to come up with ideas to improve the efficiency and costs that scaffolding incurs. As this was a live project, we were able to gather a mix of product design ideas and engineering solutions to solve an onsite issue which could impact upon the way in which we construct homes in the future.”
Students delivered presentations to lecturers, AppleGreen’s Allan Wallace, and former Saatchi & Saatchi Chairman, Robert Fletcher. Mr Fletcher commented that the students were at the “forefront of lateral ideas”.
“The project gave us the opportunity to work on a real-life problem and to work together to address the cost and designs of scaffolding. In teams we were able to combine ways of thinking to complete the project and it gave an insight into how different disciplines approach a problem.”
Professor Bruce Wood, Director of GCU’s Centre for Creative Industries and Professor of Design Innovation, said:
“This project provided the students with a real problem and an opportunity to create potential solutions which would have a positive impact for the company. This model of working could be used to suit a number of academic disciplines to allow students to gain practical work experience.”