We’ve had a bit of fun making a mini version of one of this year’s projects for our office tree. If you fancy building your own mini house decoration, simply click on the images below to get the A4 print-out version of the instructions and the decoration template. Let us know how you get on – prizes to be won!
Paul and Emily joined the classes of Year 6 at Westbury-on-Trym CofE Academy in Bristol to teach a lesson on bridges. We asked the students to look at truss bridges and design their own to bridge the playground from the classroom block to the main school, building a 1:50 scale model using lollipop sticks, then put to the test of holding the weight of an apple (or 3). We were thrilled with the results, an array of colourful (some St Patrick’s Day themed) truss bridges put forwards by the students – check out our favourites below!
Bright eyed and bushy tailed both the London and the Suffolk teams embarked on a field trip to Chesham, Hertforshire, to check out the HG Matthews brick yard, where they have been making both traditional hand and machine made bricks since 1923. They were kind enough to give us a tour of their site and accompanied by some pretty ace dogs, they showed us the clay dig, the 100 year old machinery, the kilns, the balmy drying rooms and lofty brick stores. Did you know the colour of a brick is determined by the temperature it is fired at? The hotter the temperature, the darker the brick.
We also checked out their straw and clay internal wall blocks which are completely carbon neutral – looking forward to specifying those! Thanks to Jim and Will and the whole team at HG Matthews for an amazing day, you have raised our love of bricks to a new level.
Work on the boat at Suffolk branch is a little slow, but moving fowards…centreboard case and centre braces fitted. Now for the aft bulkheads. Ready for launch in 2017?
You’ve got to love a new office gadget…
Fantastic day for a site visit and meetings with steel fabricators…we’re told it’s always this sunny in Yorkshire…
18th century limestone granary with original stone arches now sealed from those cold northern winds!
Fun in the sun….landscaping works nearly done…