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City University to become centre of excellence for temporary works

The Temporary Works Forum (TWF) has announced that it has designated City University London as a centre of excellence in temporary works and construction method engineering.

The TWF as pledged £250,000 over five years to the university towards developing educational provision and research and has also committed to raising a further £400,000 for research.

The centre will be led by senior lecturer in civil engineering and director of the new centre Andrew McNamara and senior lecturer in structural engineering Brett McKinley, along with a new member of staff who will be recruited to contribute to the work.

According to City, the new centre will draw on the university’s education and research strengths across the fields of geotechnical engineering, hydraulics, surveying and structural engineering and develop new collaborations with the department of electrical engineering.

The work will include developing educational provision for practicing engineers with short courses in the short terms but there is also an aim to launch an MSc in Civil Engineering Temporary Works in September 2016.

“Temporary Works is a safety critical aspect of the construction process across the industry; regardless of the size of a project,” said McNamara. “City has had a research focus in this area for several years and we are delighted that the TWF has decided to establish this important centre of excellence at the university. We are well placed to offer post graduate education in temporary works and construction method engineering and look forward to contributing to improvements in construction safety and innovation.”

TWF director Tim Lohmann, who is also a director of Wentworth House Partnership, added: “The board of the TWF is delighted to be able to use the funds we have raised, along with further commitments from members, to fund this centre.

“We believe that through research we can tackle some of the major issues in temporary works. Similarly teaching informed by that research will provide much needed formal training in temporary works at masters level, as well as offering continuing professional development.

“We have been impressed with the work that the team at City have done so far and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial working relationship. We hope that by establishing the centre to undertake both research and teaching we are moving the field of temporary works forward.”

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