A deal has been struck to set aside part of the Olympic Park site for construction students at London universities to practise building scaled-down projects.

Constructionarium, which currently has a permanent site the National Construction College near King’s Lynn in Norfolk, is to get its second at the Olympic Park next year.

It is understood that an agreement to go ahead with the plans was struck last week between Robin Holdsworth, Constructionarium’s scheme manager, and Howard Shiplee, director of construction at the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).

Holdsworth said: “At this stage I can confirm it is quite likely that a number of universities will take part in an event next year on the Olympic Park based on the Constructionarium model.”

The ODA was unable to comment.

Constructionarium invites universities to team up with a contractor and a consultant before sending students to spend six days making scaled-down versions of bridges, buildings and dams on site.

Some universities have even made a stint at Constructionarium a compulsory part of their courses.