• Capabilities: Master Planning and Sustainable Urban Development
  • Sectors: Cities

Perry Barr Regeneration Challenge

Birmingham, West Midlands, UK - Arcadis is committed to raising the profile of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) qualifications, working with young people through skills-based volunteering and local education engagement to promote learning and career opportunities around the UK. In the West Midlands, Arcadis has been working with Ahead Partnership, which connects employers with education, public and private sector partners to help drive social and economic change. 

£30m

Saved in project cost

97%

of students had a better understanding of career options

Arcadis spent a day coaching and mentoring 44 students from Great Barr Academy as they became engineers, planners and developers for the day. Funded by corporate sponsor the Millennium Point Trust, teams worked on a real-life brief focused on the regeneration of the Perry Barr area in north Birmingham, which will form part of the Athletes’ Village for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. It is expected that the level of planned investment in housing, transport, public realm and community facilities in and around Perry Barr will act as a catalyst for wider regeneration and create a long-lasting legacy after the Games.   

Many of the students taking part live in Perry Barr, and for them it was a unique insight into the world of masterplanning, engineering, transport planning and other areas of the industry. They worked through a series of bespoke workshops with volunteers from Arcadis, the lead design and engineering consultancy for the regeneration scheme, who helped them to develop their ideas.

Students also worked with members of Arcadis’ supply chain – PJA and Glancy Nicholls Architect as well as Birmingham City Council’s construction delivery partner, Lendlease – to gain a better understanding of the breadth of careers available on a regeneration scheme.

They were able to experiment with Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality software to understand how these emerging technologies are being used in the built environment industry, before presenting their ideas to industry judges. The team that best met the brief won.

Students reflected on the skills they had developed through the challenge and were able to find out about different career paths, such as apprenticeships, as well as contributing a valuable perspective on plans for their local area.



Outcomes

£30m

Saved in project cost

97%

of students had a better understanding of career options

73%

of students more likely to consider a career in STEM

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