Rickshaw refurb for engineering students

Engineering and motor vehicle students at Kirklees College had the chance to work on a rather unusual mode of transport for a charity challenge.

Tutor Andy Smith and students from Kirklees College with Sarah Topping and Donna Howard from Kier

The Yorkshire team at Kier Construction Northern were taking part in the company’s 2020 Challenge, where they had to travel across the region in an eco-friendly non-motorised mode of transport to raise money for charity.

They found a bicycle rickshaw on eBay, but when they received the item it wasn’t in a fit state to use.

So Kier, who are currently building the college’s new Springfield Sixth Form Centre as part of Dewsbury Learning Quarter, approached the college to see if students could help.

Nick Shepherd, director for Kier Construction Northern, said: “The rickshaw was in quite a state so it was a mammoth task, which the students took on wholeheartedly.

“Three weeks later, with supervision from their tutors, the rickshaw was completely rebuilt and ready for the challenge!”

The rickshaw, which has been affectionately nicknamed ‘Ricky’, was used to travel from Rotherham Hospital to Hallamshire Hospital, and from there to the Cathedral Archer Project in Sheffield.

The rickshaw has now been donated back to the college and is on display at the Engineering Centre in Huddersfield.

Andy Smith, Motor Vehicle Lecturer, said: “We were pleased to be asked to take part in this worthwhile cause with Kier. It posed quite a challenge for all at the Engineering Centre including students and staff.

“All areas were involved including motor vehicle, fabrication and manufacturing which enabled team work and communication to ensure the project was delivered on time.”

College staff and students involved in the project included: Aaron Demaine, Jamie Bould, Luke Hinchliffe-Raw, Luke Thompson, Adam Woodhouse, Dhanyal Hussain,Tom Oldham, Arsalan Umran, Katie Bushell and Chris Fennell with guidance and support from Andy Smith, Dan Hines, Alan Taylor, Stacey Senior, Simon Hemmingway, Keith Bedford, Pat Gaynor, Kelvin Gomersall,Tom Helliwell and Mick Wood.

Nationwide, Kier staff raised over £270,000 for charity through the challenge, which saw them travelling between as many of the company’s sites as possible from Scotland to Cornwall in under 2020 hours.

The money will be shared between the Kier Foundation, an independent charity that raises money for Kier’s charity partner Alzheimer’s Society, and local charities nominated by staff in each region.

Dewsbury Learning Quarter will see two new college centres open in Dewsbury in 2018/19. The project is being done in partnership with the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Kirklees Council, and as part of the wider North Kirklees Growth Zone (NKGZ) regeneration programme.


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