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TeamBuild 2008 – are you up to the challenge?

The top industry competition for young professionals has launched with a new look for 2008 – and entries are now open.

TeamBuild 2008, supported by ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council for the industry, will see different disciplines work together to solve a real-life construction challenge, over the course of a weekend.

A group of judges drawn from the top echelons of industry will mark the teams on their architectural, landscape, civil, structural, M&E, financial, construction and project management skills.

The competition aims to promote understanding and co-operation between young professionals in the construction industry. Construction professionals aged under 30 are invited to sign up for entry, whether they already have a team or are looking to join one. (For more information see the website at: www.teambuilduk.com)

Teams of up to six must complete a pre-qualification task and the top nine teams will be invited to Eynsham Hall in Oxfordshire for the finals weekend in November.

Participation in the final weekend counts as four days’ CPD as well as helping competitors fulfil several of the core objectives required for chartered membership of many institutions. Competitors will start with a masterplan proposal and run right through the construction process, finishing with the construction stage of a major development.

There are three cash prizes; for the overall winning team, best procurement strategy and a judges’ discretionary prize. Last year’s winner was Team Olympus, who took away £1,500 and a judges’ commendation for excellent skills in co-ordination, integration, presentation and leadership.

Team member Greg Collings thought it was a great learning experience in time management and team work: “I think a lot of our team’s success can be put down to having a very well-balanced mix of members, both in terms of design skills and personalities. I learnt as much from working with my team members as I did through the competition and developed a strong ongoing relationship with them all.

“From understanding the group dynamic and my own strengths in the group, I gained valuable skills that I use in work today. I would also say that the structure of the event helps you build on strong presentation skills.”

The competition is supported by professional built environment institutions, employers, the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects and the Worshipful Company of Constructors, among others.

For more information about TeamBuild please contact Sara McKinnon on 0207 3679801 or

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