Welcome to Construction and Future Cities. In this theme, you will learn about the power of the built environment to create clean, renewable energy and design smart, safe, technologically-advanced cities.

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Construction and Smart Cities?

Smart cities use technology to connect people, transport, services and buildings to create a safe and efficient environment for everyone. How can construction upgrade our existing cities to make them smart?

Construction and Renewable Energy?

Clean, safe, renewable energy is in more demand than ever as our world becomes more reliant on power for technology. How can construction develop a network of sustainable, reliable energy sources?

Construction and Tall Buildings?

The ambition to build taller and taller buildings around the world shows no sign of stopping. Maybe we could build to the moon! How can construction develop solutions to the problems involved with tall buildings?
1. Instructions from your Supervisor


We’re working on a project to build a windfarm for our client. Max Power Organisation has applied to the Government to build a windfarm in the Clydevale area. The windfarm would be composed of 50 wind turbines, each being 300 feet tall (two-thirds the size of Blackpool Tower). The cost of this operation would be 90 million pounds and would take between 18 and 24 months to complete.

Windfarms are an important source of clean, renewable energy. Wind turbines are a relatively simple system of generating electricity, and windfarms have almost no carbon footprint once they are constructed. The UK is quite a windy country and we are the world leader in offshore wind power  – in fact, 18% of our own energy was generated this way in 2018. Onshore wind farms cost about half as much as offshore farms.

Max Power says the windfarm will provide ‘green’ electric energy to 50,000 homes in the Clydevale area and prevent the release of 200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide gas into the atmosphere each year therefore contributing to the Government’s commitment to help reduce global warming. This successful company has already made a huge profit from the construction of two other windfarms in Scotland.

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

There are several different sites that could be suitable for the windfarm, and they all have positives and negatives. We need to consider environmental issues including the local wildlife. We also need to consider some of the ancient history of the area. And we certainly need to think about the local residents and their concerns. I would like you to review the different locations and decide which one you think is best.

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.