College buys city house so students can hone building skills

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In a UK first, Gloucestershire College has bought a house in Gloucester as a renovation project so construction and building services students can use it to develop their skills. The College snapped up the two bedroom mid terraced house on Tredworth Road, outright for £71,500 at the start of this year to provide students with practical experience of working on-site.

Now more than 400 students studying electrical, plastering, brickwork, plumbing, painting and decorating, carpentry and bench joinery courses at the College’s Cheltenham, Gloucester and Forest of Dean campuses will have the opportunity to work on the house, with completion planned for summer 2016. In addition, HNC construction students have been involved in producing drawings and surveys, while students from other academic areas have been documenting progress and designing colour schemes.

No tools, materials or equipment will be left on site outside of the working hours. A new roof is being provided by the College’s construction partner E G Carter, along with new flooring and tiling. Other local businesses have been generous in supporting the project too including Howdens Joinery, Buildbase, Nicks Timber and Johnstones Paints. Once the house is completed to a professional standard, the College plans to sell it and then reinvest in another renovation property for students.