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Overcoming obstacles at GC House no.3

19 April 2018

We have just returned from our Easter half term, which gives our students - and Project Team! - a well deserved two-week break. Since the last update our students have been progressing well through the house and putting into practice their skills learnt at college, which includes painting and decorating, plastering, electrical installation, plumbing and extra skills learnt due to the work required and the property's age.

We have now taken down the wall in the kitchen that was dividing two rooms, which has really opened up the space and allowed a lot more light in. Two very skilled and capable students helped us with this tricky task and made it a quick and easy job. The next step for the kitchen is to have our friends over at Gloucester Carpet Outlet lay down the floor covering in order to start the kitchen installation - which will be a brilliant learning experience for our students. 

We have had obstacles to overcome the past few weeks, especially with the upstairs chimney breast, although it is currently supported underneath and safe for work. Special thanks to our pals at Barnwood Construction (General Works) with their help and guidance on this. After discussing these obstacles with with Building Control, we have had some heavy steel brackets made to support the chimney in the attic and once those are in place, we can take down the chimney breast upstairs to create more living space.

Our plumbing students have been hard at work installing a new radiator and pipes in the kitchen. Their next task is the installation of a bath and basin in the bathroom. Electrical students have almost finished first fix and a complete rewire of the house.

Thanks to Johnstones Paint for supplying the paint we need and also giving us some t-shirts. Thank you also to Buildit for the continuous help, support and meeting our delivery demands. 

We couldn't complete this renovation without the support and generosity of our staff, students and suppliers. Big thanks to those not named - you know who you are! 

Should any of our contacts be looking to fill vacancies, we are happy to introduce our students to you. Please contact Rachael Capener, Renovation Project Manager, for more information on our 'try before you buy' sessions, where you can come and see students in action.

GC House number 2 is progressing well through the legal process and likely to be sold in the next week or two. Stay tuned for more updates on GC House no. 3 and our new projects lined up for next year!

For updates in between blog posts, please follow our Project Manager on Twitter - @rachcapener

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