Work has been continuing at EcoWorks with the Straw Bale building. The wall having been compressed, the wooden top-plates in position and the whole issue strapped down as described in part #24.

From the 13 – 16th December, we had a bit of a final spurt of activity in trying to get the building to a state, when it could be covered over for a bit of a winter interval.

Beams fixed over the kitchen area span. Care taken to uniformally support the weight of the covering boards and lining. It will eventually have to support a thin-ish turf roof. Like the main part of the building.

Thus, at the completion of this part of the roof, the building is now fully enclosed in its structure. There will be additional measures taken to reinforce the structure in the new year. Then the principle remaining items on the list will be:

window frames
door
rendering of the outside walls
rendering of the interior walls
paint job
opening party ………

but I guess this still a little way off yet!

So, dear readers, if you have enjoyed watching the progress of this building being constructed ….. how about getting out from behind your computer screen, and get up to EcoWorks in the new year, and volunteer your services.

All could have been done a lot earlier, if a bunch of ‘already-skilled’ people had just got on with it. But, it was generally descided that by involving many volunteers, folks might go away, and having been inspired by the project, and with a bit of hands-on experience ……. have ideas and help others think about what they could do with other sustainable projects in their own areas.

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Ecoworks is on the Hungerhills allotment site, reached off Ransom Road, St.Anns …..
If needed, they can provide transport from the city centre by arrangement. Ring Tim on 07719 428187 for more info.
Hot drinks supplied; please bring your lunch.

Ecoworks
info@ecoworks.org.uk
http://www.ecoworks.org.uk

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set of pictures on Flickr :: Straw Bale Building @ St Anns

The story so far, Described on Indymedia:
EcoWorks: Straw Bale work on “eco-building” in St.Anns

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