Wednesday 6th January 2010 by C. Freeman
The Construction in the Built Environment diploma students visited a local housing development to see how new homes are built and one even got to lay some bricks. The students were invited to the Persimmon site at Rockingham Road, a development of 120 houses. The object of the visit was to see how foundations are constructed. They were given a tour by the site manager, Mr Andy Marshall, and student Liam Mason was instructed on how to lay bricks.
Liam Mason learning how to lay bricks.
Since starting the Diploma in September the students have had lots of input from various experts in the building trade but this was the first time they had visited a building site. Persimmon sent along a photographer to record the visit and a further trip to a larger construction site is planned where they will see other aspects of house-building.
Mr Browne, who delivers the diploma along with Ms Georgina Burton from Tresham College, said: 'The students are in the process of understanding how structures are put together literally from the ground up so they started with the foundations. We've just been doing lessons about utilities so they got to see all the essentials being put in place on site.
'They saw the various coloured pipes used for gas, water, electricity and telecoms and knew which was which. Although they see photographs and powerpoint presentations in the classroom they learn so much more by being on site and getting to see everything in situ. Hopefully we are going to see a larger Persimmon site in Desborough where we'll learn about other aspects of construction.'