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GC House Blog 2. Ripping out and raring to go

31 March 2016
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Following the successful launch earlier this month, students have been hard at work on the GC House, gutting and preparing it for the first fix stage.

So far, over 50 students have been involved in the project, from a range of courses including plastering, brickwork, plumbing, painting and decorating, carpentry, bench joinery and construction.

Two layers of flooring on the ground level have been ripped up to reveal beautiful, original mosaic tiles; these will be restored to their former glory.

The flooring in the upstairs bedrooms has also been ripped up and the wallpaper stripped. While there is still a fair bit of plaster and wood chipping left to remove over the next couple of weeks.

Faculty Coordinator Emily Kelly said: “So far the students have demonstrated a variety of hand and tool skills in the removal of the flooring, wallpaper and sofas, as well as general rubbish disposal. They are working brilliantly in their teams and are very enthusiastic.”

Once the ripping out stage is complete, plumbing students will begin fitting the new bathroom and kitchen; electrical students will rewire the property; plastering students will re-plaster; and painting and decorating students will finish.

Scaffolding is scheduled to go up on Monday 4 April to enable the brickwork students to repoint the external walls, before bench joinery and carpentry students begin replacing the roof with a new one provided by the College’s construction partner E G Carter.

It’s great to see so many local businesses supporting the project; earlier this month Howdens came out to the property to create a kitchen plan and donate all of the kitchen frontals. Buildbase, Nicks Timber and Johnstones Paints are also providing materials and project support.

Keep an eye on the blog next week for the latest pictures and student views on the project so far.

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