Helping park environment

Quorum placement students from Northumbria University get to grips on site with Quorum's Jen Taylor (far left) and Laura McVittie (far right).

Quorum placement students from Northumbria University get to grips on site with Quorum's Jen Taylor (far left) and Laura McVittie (far right).

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Students from Northumbria University have been given an insight to potential new environmental plans at Quorum Business Park.

Four students on the geography and environment programmes spent a ten-week placement at the Longbenton business park where they took on consultancy roles for two projects.

Luke Smith, 21, and Hollie Stocks, 22, were asked to create a wildlife trail for people working on the park to complete on their lunch breaks and see the various wildlife.

Fellow students Michael Wren and Pei Tan acted as travel plan consultants on a green travel initiative.

They analysed a recent employee travel survey and identified areas which could be strengthened, including more car sharing, giving a presentation to human resource managers from companies on the park.

Quorum events manager Jen Taylor said: “We will be implementing the measures proposed by the students in time for the summer with the help of the Quorum Wildlife Group and concluding with a sign-posted trail around the park for all to enjoy.”

Quorum commuter centre manager Laura McVittie, who worked with Michael and Pei on the travel project, said: “Every year, the travel plan is reviewed and this presented the perfect opportunity for the placement students to provide a fresh perspective.

“A great idea they came up with was to host a roadshow where a giant car share map would be mounted in tenant restaurant areas.

“Willing commuters can then pinpoint their address on the map and leave their contact details for compatible car sharers.

“This hopes to create a friendly and relaxed vibe around car sharing and hopefully encourage more people to do it at Quorum.”