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Leeds College of Building Students Hit A Six At Thornbury Cricket Club

Thornbury Cricket Club has been bowled over by a group of students from Leeds College of Building who have built a brand new storage unit for the club.

Students from a variety of trades, including bricklaying, joinery, plumbing, roofing and tiling, were involved in the project and constructed the entire unit, from the foundations right up to the roof.  It’s predominantly built using six inch concrete blocks, with timber roof trusses and a felt and tiled roof that features dry verges and ridge construction.  A water supply has also been incorporated into the building.

Although Thornbury Cricket Club supplied the majority of the building materials, several local roofing suppliers, including SIG, Sandtoft Roof Tiles, Wienerberger, Kytune, Midland and Klober, provided roof tiles, underfelt, lead, sealant, nails and battens for the project.

Mark Sims, External Project Co-ordinator at Leeds College of Building, which is the UK’s only specialist further education construction college, says: “This was a great live project to be involved with that gives our students valuable on-site experience.  It’s also fantastic to be able to support Thornbury Cricket Club, which is a valuable community facility.  To see the building finished and in use is hugely rewarding for everyone involved.”

Andrew Wilson, Club Secretary at Thornbury Cricket Club adds: “We’re really grateful to the students from Leeds College of Building as well as the companies that generously donated the roofing materials for this project.  Their hard work and skills have given us a first class storage facility, where we can keep both cricket and maintenance equipment, and it’s a really useful asset for the club.”

Leeds College of Building offers more than 200 courses across a huge range of disciplines, and has built a reputation for first-class education and training.  The College is an approved Apprenticeship Levy provider and offers a wide range of Apprenticeships in traditional trades and technical Apprenticeship routes, together with two Higher Level Apprenticeships in Construction Management (Sustainability) covering four Pathways (Building Surveying, Quantity Surveying, Civil Engineering and Structural Engineering) and Facilities Management which offer university equivalent work based education.

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