Bucks UTC students challenged to build a bungalow

A Bucks UTC student at the drawing board, making plans for the Build a Dwelling (BAD) Challenge. PNL-160525-113311001

A Bucks UTC student at the drawing board, making plans for the Build a Dwelling (BAD) Challenge. PNL-160525-113311001

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Construction students at Bucks UTC are being challenged to build their own bungalow in 48 hours as part of an ambitious project.

The Build a Dwelling Challenge starts at 4pm on Tuesday July 5 and will take place in the UTC’s dedicated construction workspace.

The Year 12 students will be working in eight hour shifts to complete the eight metre by five metre timber frame home.

Various Aylesbury companies are also helping with the project by supplying materials or refreshments throughout the marathon effort.

Nicholas Han, Head of Construction at Bucks UTC added: “This will be a fantastic experience for these students not only on a very ‘real’ project, but also exposure to a team of specialists in the industry.

“We are all very excited and are looking forward to getting started.”

Representatives from UK homebuilders Taylor Wimpey will also be heavily involved in the planning for the bungalow.

Simon Cook, associate production director for Taylor Wimpey Oxfordshire said: “We’ve been working with the students to improve their practical skills and give a good insight into the construction industry through their course work, but this project will really challenge them on a different level.

“They will be assessed on their practical skills as well as time management, teamwork and monitoring health and safety at every stage of the build process.”

Computing students at Bucks UTC are also setting up a live web feed so the build can be followed as it happens.