Construction Live field trip – Day 3

Day three saw the most construction activity so far, the bricklaying team learnt the skills they will be using to construct the brick and block walls, from mixing mortar to laying bricks straight, level and plumb, building practice walls to test their skills.  They also spent time on the site to identify the challenges they will be facing allowing them to plan the rest of the week’s activities.

The water utilities group began installing the water supply using fusion jointing on all of the pipe work – an electromechanical system for joining pressurised pipework.  First a trench had to be dug which was completed by machine, with students having the opportunity to operate the digger under supervision.  The pipework so far was tested and luckily no leaks were found!  The team also got the opportunity to try their hand at some steel fixing operations.

The drainage group located and dug trenches both by hand and machine and laid granular bedding ready for the pipe work and began joining some of the pipe work. They learnt about how drainage works and the importance of correctly installing drainage on site.

The carpentry group spend the morning building the frames for the suspended timber floors, which consisted of 5 separate frames which will then be constructed on site, they then moved onto the wall frames, constructing the internal and external stud wall frames, which like the floors, will be transported to site to be put together.

In the evening, we had a talk from Chris Williams, director of Prolectric, a company focussing on the design and installation of a range of mechanical and electrical systems, based principally around renewable technologies or energy efficiency services.  Chris discussed the types of solar lighting they offer and the financial and environmental benefits thee offer over traditional methods, giving the students an insight into new renewable technologies that the construction industry can take advantage of.

Tomorrow the build continues as well as further team building activities in the afternoon, ready for the final full day of construction on Thursday.

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