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Mitcheldean students mark move to Five Acres

Following Gloucestershire College’s recent announcement about the relocation of its Construction and Building Services provision from its Mitcheldean site to the Royal Forest of Dean Campus in Five Acres, a group of plumbing students have marked their enthusiasm for the move by creating and gifting bespoke garden furniture set to the Five Acres Art Department.

Over the course of a week, 10 talented students, currently studying for their Level 1 Plumbing Diploma, planned and built the custom table and chair set entirely out of copper, in what was their first major project on their course. The furniture will be decorated by the College’s art students next term, before being displayed outside during the warmer months.

The Construction and Building Services courses (including Brickwork, Carpentry, Electrical Installation and Plumbing) will relocate to where the Art Studio currently is in D Block at Five Acres, with this project being a way of the Mitcheldean-based students saying ‘thank you’ to the department for accommodating them. See more pictures of the handover here.

The Art Department will be relocating to new studio spaces currently being used by Beauty Therapy. The work for these changes will be completed by the end of August, ahead of the new academic year, meaning both current and future students in the Forest of Dean will enjoy the benefits of these investments and improvements.  

21-year-old Dalton Jones from Lydney said: “As a group we decided to make a copper garden furniture set to mark our more to Five Acres campus. We planned everything out on paper before making the frame for the chairs in 15mm and 22mm copper. Everyone in the group had their own part in the project; it was a good experience because it helped me learn and improve my existing plumbing skills in measuring, bending and working with copper.”

16-year-old Conner Nash from Chepstow added: “It was great fun to make the table and chair set but also very hard, due to all the small bits that needed bending. It made a nice change from our usual assessments and portfolio work. After we completed the build, we had a maths lesson in which we worked out the cost of the project.”

John Maloney, Plumbing Lecturer, said: “We’re all looking forward to the move to Five Acres. It can only benefit our students currently based in Mitcheldean as they will be integrated into the wider college community and enjoy better facilities and ultimately a more rounded experience, not forgetting it’s much easier for most to travel to Five Acres than the Mitcheldean site.”

Gloucestershire College delivers a range of successful courses across the Construction and Building Services sectors, from Brickwork and Carpentry and Construction to Plastering, Plumbing and Painting and Decorating.

It is inviting prospective students and their parents to a Technical Spring Taster Evening at its Gloucester Campus on Wednesday 22 April, when they can see construction-specific demonstrations, meet current staff and students, tour the facilities and more.

There are two sessions available at 4pm and 5.30pm, and pre-booking is essential as places are limited. Visit to pre-register for your place now.

For more information about Construction and Building Services at Gloucestershire College, watch GC The Movie at or call Student Services on 0345 155 2020.

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