Innovation On-Site Sponsor Price at Local College Build A Bungalow 21/07/2011



Budding builders aged 14-16 have built a bungalow in their Barnfield College workshop in just two weeks.

The BTEC construction young apprentices have made the impressive building in three sections – the substructure, superstructure and roof. With the help of tutor Danny Standard they were responsible for every element of the construction process, including the design and costing, brickwork, plastering and carpentry.
They showed off the finished sections of the building at a ceremony attended by parents, tutors and representatives of project sponsors Wates, Develop EBP, Travis Perkins, Innovation On Site, GSS Architecture and Dunston House Ltd.
Each young builder received a construction goody bag for their efforts. Three students who strived throughout the project and over the past academic year received special awards. Neiko Iaciofano won Best Build a Bungalow Student award while Enrico James was named Best Improved Year 1 Student and Arjun Singh Best Overall Year 1 Student.
Paul Andrews, Education Liaison Manager at Wates, said he was really impressed by the bungalow: “The standard of building is marvellous and the detail on the brickwork fantastic. The lads all worked really well as a team.
“What’s so good about this project is that the apprentices learned exactly the skills needed for the construction industry. We’ve been going through a bad recession and it’s always the construction industry that pulls us out of it. These students can be part of this comeback.”
James Webster, of GSS Architecture, taught the students how to design the building using computer aided design and said he was impressed by how they quickly picked up the skill.
Barnfield Chief Executive Pete Birkett said the bungalow-building challenge had been designed to give the young apprentices a full insight into the construction world:
“I’m really proud of the young people who created this brilliant bungalow. It’s given them experience of every element of the construction process, providing them with the experience they need for the real construction world.”