Bouygues UK recruits first higher education students for Cardiff Innovation Campus project

Bouygues UK, which is building Cardiff University’s cutting-edge Innovation Campus, has welcomed its first higher education ambassadors on site.

The construction firm has recruited five students from Cardiff University to write, blog and share social media posts about their insights into the progress of the city centre site.

Although the company has previously worked with student ambassadors in partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB, this is the first time it’s enlisted their support for community communication.

Three of the ambassadors have already visited the site to see how Bouygues UK and Cardiff University are turning a former rail yard into a high-tech education facility for student startups and further expertise in compound semi-conductors.

Nick Toulson, Bouygues UK CSR manager for Cardiff Innovation Campus, said: “It is so encouraging that we have students from such diverse courses as Medicine, Urban Planning and Development and Civil Engineering.

“The student Ambassadors at the comprehensive schools we were building were amazing at informing their friends and peers about what was going on with the build, so we were really pleased when Cardiff University wanted to replicate the scheme at the Innovation Campus.”

He said the ambassadors will not only get to see how the site is developing from the inside, but they will also gain access to Bouygues UK’s expertise in design, construction management, health and safety and quality – all disciplines which I’m sure will help in their future careers.”

Luke Morgan, a third-year medicine student, is one of the ambassadors. He said:  “It is a very busy site where Bouygues UK is able to bring together a diverse range of people with their own parts to play and do the job to the standard required, which is a real feat of organisation.”

Nuzha Nadeem, a first-year civil and environmental engineering student, is also taking part in the scheme. “It’s been a very good experience. Normally in university, we get to hear the theory, but here we get to see engineering in practice. Hands-on experience of work on site really matters as our job is physically being here.”