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Royal visitor for construction college

PUBLISHED: 12:26 13 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:00 22 October 2010

RICHARD PARR

Prince Philip will be putting on a hard hat and boots when he visits the National Construction College in Norfolk later this week to see students managing and building their own versions of engineering landmarks.

Prince Philip will be putting on a hard hat and boots when he visits the National Construction College in Norfolk later this week to see students managing and building their own versions of engineering landmarks.

Engineering students from Imperial College, London, are taking part in Constructionarium, an annual event where groups have just five days to tackle a challenging project like creating a seven-metre high version of the world's tallest vehicular bridge, the Millau viaduct in Southern France.

The project gives students hands-on experience of engineering in a realistic environment. Students plan the unit costs of raw materials, negotiate contracts with major contractors and manage a workforce.

Prince Philip is an engineering enthusiast who is a Senior Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng). He personally requested visiting the Constructionarium after reading about in the Royal Academy of Engineering magazine, Ingenia.

The visit is on Friday , the students' final day and so Prince Philip will see the projects in their final stages. The royal visitor will be given a tour of the different projects and meet the students.


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