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Demolition simulator catches the eye at Kier's Exeter College site

Its mid-afternoon Friday and Stephen Booth, Kier senior site manager is gearing up for the third tour of the day showing visitors around what will be Exeter College Maths and Science Centre.

This project involved gutting and converting a dilapidated six-storey 1950s concrete frame structure into a new FE teaching block complete with 11 state-of-the-art laboratories.

The building has been stripped back to its concrete frame, a new roof has been built, and partitioning and M&E services are being installed.

It may not be the most glamorous of sites but it’s still generated lots of interest, said Mr Booth.

“It’s a good opportunity for students to see the practical side and the different roles there are in construction”

Stephen Booth, Kier

“The students who have been round have certainly asked lots of questions, particularly to do with the types of routes into construction,” he said.

“It’s a good opportunity for students to see the practical side and the different roles there are in construction.”

One feature that has really caught visitor’s imagination is the UK’s only demolition simulator – a £60,000 piece of kit brought to the site by LA Moore Demolition, in which visitors are invited to try their hand at excavation techniques like crushing concrete.

Exeter College Maths and Science Centre

Contractor: Kier

Client: Exeter College

Location: Exeter City Centre

Cost: £4.5m

Start: October 2014

Finish: September 2015

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