Welcome to Construction and Environment & Pollution. In this theme, you will learn about the power of the built environment to protect our historic buildings, and make sure we have local facilities like swimming baths and stadiums.

Extra Information about Construction and City Finances – optional

Construction and Tourism & Events?

Local events and activities like festivals and tourist attractions can cost the Local Authority a lot of money, but they usually generate lots of money for an area, too. How can construction manage events that are safe and well-organised?

Construction and Heritage Buildings?

Historic and heritage buildings are an important part of the landscape, and keeping them repaired and well-maintained is very important. How can construction look after these gifts from our past?

Construction and Local Authority Facilities?

The Local Authority of an area is responsible for collecting and spending local taxes, and one of the things they spend on is facilities for the public like parks, leisure centres and libraries. How can construction support the Local Authority?
1. Instructions from your Supervisor


Heritage buildings in a city can often be the shared responsibility of the local authority and local interest groups. 

Saltaire Village is near Bradford in West Yorkshire, England. It is named after Sir Titus Salt who built a textile mill, known as Salts Mill and this village on the River Aire. Designed by architects, Lockwood and Mawson, Saltaire has beautiful Italianate architecture and a rich history. Saltaire Village was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001. 

Saltaire was built as a single, planned model industrial village between 1851 and 1876. It was consistently constructed from natural materials – a warm coloured local sandstone and Welsh slate, generally in the Italianate style. The Mill was built before the houses, as it would take time for it to be fitted out and become operational.  Immediately after its official opening in 1853, work began on the rest of the village and continued until 1876.

During Storm Dennis in early 2020, the church believed to be the most photographed building in Saltaire has suffered extensive damage after part of its roof collapsed. The masonry fell from the ceiling on Sunday in the aftermath of Storm Dennis, and, as structural experts, we are currently assessing the extent of the damage.

I have a task that needs completing, and I’d really like your help.

I would like you to help with some research into the materials used in the Saltaire church, so that we can make sure we are historically accurate in our repairs. I have created a Google Earth fly-through of the area, so you can see the buildings in their location. When you have completed your research, send an email to the Project Manager with your recommendations.

I’ve included the resources you need to complete the task, including documents, images, videos and templates. They should give you plenty of ideas and information.

Follow the instructions, and when you’re ready, complete your task. All this should take you about 45 minutes.

When you’re finished with your task, you can learn more about the employers, job roles and projects in this area of construction.