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GC House Blog 6 – Roof ready!

11 May 2016

Over the past couple of weeks the roof has been completed and all outstanding structural issues with the roof have been rectified. Hooray!

When we took the original felt and batons off, we discovered the roof timbers weren’t in a very safe condition, with one rafter being well past its use by date and the purlins were no longer supported well enough.

Through EG Carter and Severnside Scaffolding we found a knight in shining armour. Nino, from Connect Carpentry stepped in at the last minute to save the roof and replace the timbers – quite a difficult job when half the roof was tiled!

Our Curriculum Leader Ryan Heath then rebuilt the support in the roof for the purlin, and Building Control have since visited twice and signed off the work as safe and structurally sound.

Nino from Connect Carpentry said: “I think the project is a great idea to help students learn from a site environment rather than just college-based, and am happy we were able to get involved. I am also keen to take on a new apprentice with GC.”

Along with other local businesses, we have invited Nino along to a series of upcoming Employers Trade Events, where they can meet our talented students, see them at work and register their interest in hiring them as apprentices. If you’d like to come along to the event, please call Project Manager Rachael Capener on 07909 540437 or email

Closer to ground we have had Level 2 plastering students stripping off the remaining plaster, working in an extremely professional manner. Before going out on site, a Site Foreman was nominated and Project Manager Rachael Capener said his communication and direction for the workforce was excellent.

He said: “We are learning a lot at the house; things like team-working, problem solving, how to speak to the client and overcome issues such as disposing of waste. I can’t wait to return and will do as much as I can in my own time to benefit from it.”

Electrical students have begun work on first fix; all of the old wiring has been stripped out and the new installation is going in. While all plaster is now off the walls. This wasn’t too difficult as it was in such bad condition, you could literally touch it and patches would fall off!

Damp proofing is also underway. Guardian Preservation are fitting the membranes throughout the house and doing demonstrations for the students to show them how it’s done. The Cheltenham-based company is looking to take on a couple of new members of staff, and we are hoping they will be interested in our talented students!

Outside the garden has been completely cleared and the scaffolding has also come down at the front. Scaffolding has been modified at the rear of the property to enable brickwork students to repoint the walls.

We have also received delivery of the kitchen from Howdens Joinery and will be making a decision this week on which of the spatial designs students’ designs we go for. Watch this space!

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