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Students complete third GC House renovation

13 July 2018

Gloucestershire College is thrilled to unveil the results of its latest ground-breaking GC House renovation project, which saw over 100 students transform a three-bedroom property on Elmbridge Road in Gloucester.

The ambitious nine-month renovation is the third of its kind by the College, following the successful renovation of a three-bed family home in Hucclecote, which recently sold for a profit. 

Students from a range of courses, including carpentry, construction, electrical installation, multiskills and painting and decorating developed their skills with real site experience; completely stripping the house, knocking down walls and restoring period features, before installing a new kitchen, ceiling, flooring and decorating to a professional standard. 

After purchasing the property for £237,500 last year, it will go on the market later this month with Farr and Farr Longlevens for £299,000. The students’ next project will be working on the Llanthony Priory restoration from September.

21-year-old Harry Dibden, from Gloucester, has just completed his Maintenance Operations Apprenticeship and worked on all three GC House projects. His grandad completed a cabinet making apprenticeship, which inspired him to choose this route too. He is now considering either undertaking a higher level carpentry apprenticeship or using his experience to go straight into the workplace. 

He said: “This house has been an even bigger challenge than the first two, but I feel privileged that it’s been my job to work on it every day and I’ve learnt so much. 

“As the main support to the Project Manager, I was given a lot more responsibility this time, which really increased my confidence. I got involved with everything from manual jobs such as taking down the chimney breast and putting up gallow brackets to the site management side of things and working directly with our merchants and suppliers.” 

18-year-old Charlotte Staples, from Gloucester, worked on the house alongside studying Level 2 Multiskills. She has a passion for all things creative and is returning to GC to study Level 3 Art and Design, after which she would either like to study carpentry or architecture. 

Charlotte said: “I studied Level 2 Art and Design at Gloucestershire College and wanted to find a practical way of applying these skills, which is why I decided to study the Multiskills course. I’ve loved the hands-on and manual side of things, in particular working on the GC House. 

“I helped knock down the kitchen wall, put plasterboard on walls and with painting, so have really developed my skills in these areas. I’ve particularly enjoyed working with such a variety of people on this project and applying my creative skills in new ways.”  

Project Manager Rachael Capener said: “I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved with our third house project. Taking the chimney down was the biggest challenge; it was a lot of hard work but so worth it because it transformed the kitchen and opened up the house. Each GC House project has evolved in different ways, presenting new challenges for our students, which they have overcome and learnt so much from. 

“I really want to thank our partners who helped make this possible, in particular, Severnside Scaffolding, Johnstone’s Paint, Buildit Gloucester and Farr and Farr Longlevens. 

“We’re looking forward to getting started on the Llanthony Priory restoration near Gloucester Campus, which will offer our students rare experience of working on a medieval building of historical value.”

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See more pictures of the house in the gallery below.


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