The final full day of building was a busy one for all of the teams. The drainage and water utilities groups were able to finish laying and joining all their pipework, with the drainage team also installing a toilet ready to be connected to both the water supply and waste water drainage tomorrow.
Due to the very poor weather forecast, the bricklaying team were unable to build their walls on site as they were using a lime mortar that wouldn’t work well in very wet conditions, therefore they constructed their walls in exactly the same way they would have on site, but in one of the covered work areas instead. It was disappointing to not be able to build the walls in situ but was still a great experience for the students who did an excellent job.
The carpentry team completed fixing the stud walls, then clad the external walls in plywood sheeting. Once this was complete the walls were insulated, but again due to the poor weather it was not possible to plasterboard the walls. The outside walls were clad in featheredge boarding, in two configurations, with a section left ready for the banner to be placed tomorrow.
Both the bricklayers and carpenters also took part in the steel fixing workshop to gain an insight into how reinforcing steel is fixed into concrete structures.
In the evening, we had a talk from Andrew Preece from Roger Bullivant, a foundation engineering company specialising in the design and construction of foundations for all types of buildings and structures in all kinds of ground conditions. They built the foundation we have been working on all week on site so were able to explain how that was constructed as well as discussing other projects they are involved in.
Tomorrow is the final day of the field trip, all the works will be completed and the teams will have a chance to reflect upon what they have learnt this week and how it will help them in their careers in the future.