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04 November 2013 @TeessideUni


Teesside University students and academics are celebrating success after taking part in an international competition involving a 48-hour design challenge.

Build Sydney Live 2013 saw teams from across the world take part in the challenge to design a new international convention centre for Sydney in just 48 hours.

Team Niven, which included staff from Niven Architects in Darlington along with students and academics from Teesside University, won Best Use of BIM (Building Information Modelling) for Sustainability or Constructability in the Build Sydney Live 2013 competition.

Taking part were Teesside University BA (Hons) Spatial Design students James Sidney, Kin Ma, Jezra Blastique, Jamie Bishop, Michael McAvoy and Stephanie Brown, led by interior design lecturer Penny Tiffney. Build Sydney Live was an international design competition where teams from around the world were tasked with completing a building design within 48 hours using the construction industry's most advanced Building Information Modelling (BIM) software and workflows.

The aim is to show the power of collaborative working for architecture, engineering, planning and construction. Penny said: 'It was a really grueling challenge and everybody on the team deserves credit for working extremely hard. For the students, it was an amazing opportunity and allowed them to test their skills working on a live project under extreme pressure.'

Last year a team made up of staff from Niven Architects, academics from Teesside University and four undergraduate students, triumphed in a similar event called Build Qatar Live – winning the Multidisciplinary Team Award.

Find out more about Build Sydney Live

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