Construction students showed off their talents when they won a high-profile competition.
Six BTEC Level 3 students from Hartlepool College of Further Education entered a day-long contest run by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
They had a lot to live up to, as the town won the title last year and the Hartlepool college hosted this year’s final.
Home advantage counted as they defeated teams from New College Durham, Redcar College and Middlesbrough College to win the main award.
The competition saw the teams working on a plan centred on Morison Hall, on Hartlepool’s Headland, and they were all asked to consider risks attached to things like environment, health and safety and noise pollution on a refurbishment project.
Lecturer David Johnson said: “The teams were given a small insight into what their task would be the day before, then on the morning they were given a further briefing.”
The teams also had mentors from companies including Willmott Dixon, WCL Construction Ltd, Enviro UK Consultants and Midas Cladding.
The Hartlepool College team was made up of Jack Anderson, James Kemp, Drew Tyrell, Louisa Phillips, Jack Ainscough and Luke Morgan.
While the team won the main award, Drew Tyrell was named as the student of the day.
Lesley Fairley, Inspection Manager at NHBC (National House Builders Council) and a former regional chair of the CIOB, was part of the judging panel.
She said: “We saw some really great work from the students and it was a real challenge for the judges to choose a winner.”