Gleeds: The Royal Refurb

The Royal Refurb was an innovative one-day workshop designed by the Transformation Trust in partnership with Gleeds. The workshop was specifically aimed at addressing the ever-increasing skills shortage within the construction industry. Run as part of the Gleeds Global Challenge 2017, the initiative set out to spark interest amongst KS3 students about the future possibility of working within the construction industry.

The challenge was based around the hypothetical construction scheme of the horse stables at Windsor Palace. Students used their problem solving, time management, decision making and public speaking skills, to come up with solutions to the challenge. The day culminated in a formal presentation of their ideas to their peers and Gleeds volunteers.

Through the implementation of professionally - facilitated workshops, Gleeds volunteers provided important ‘real life’ input to the students, while supporting students as they prepared to deliver their final presentations.




I think it was good for my confidence. I think they should do this to every year 8 in Manchester. Thank you :)
— Year 8 female student, Manchester Enterprise Academy


Gleeds colleagues from across the country contributing

I haven’t seen a workshop before that was so engaging and exciting for the kids. It would be great if it could be repeated with other years.
— Georgie Bingham, Head of Year 9, Ark Putney Academy


hours to support and inspire local students.

It was great to engage with others to get my opinion out to people and change the looks and architecture of a building
— Year 7 male student, Cockshut Hill