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Ten Hour Town

Harvey Hadden Stadium was not only a sporting venue on the 6th October but a construction site as well! Thirteen teams from schools across the East Midlands spent the day cutting, sticking, moulding and creating a tenth scale community at the event which forms part of the eighth National Construction Week promotion.

Ten Hour Town’ involved 65 Year 9 Students who spent the day working as architects, builders, site managers, quantity surveyors and marketing managers. Their task was to build a tenth scale community consisting of residential houses, community centre, doctor’s surgery and convenience store. Working in small teams they discussed how to use the land the property sat on keep a financial record of additional materials bought on the day from the ‘Builders Yard’ and also market their property with advertising
posters in the ‘sales office’. Sandra Bell Education Manager Midlands Area said “the enthusiasm of the students, the finished products they created, the whole day itself was just fantastic”. Each team was given the same basic materials and the time they had in which to complete their models was incredibly tight. The students made tiny detailed water features, miniature gardens and even a perfectly scaled down rotisserie chicken stand in the mini mart. Every one thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Mike Shires, Baggaley Construction, Lisa Nelmes, Nottingham City Council, and Theresa Panther, Eversheds, judged the youngsters at work and it was a row of three terraced houses built by five students from Carlton Le Willows School that took the Ten Hour Crown. Their attention to detail was superb and the finished product was complete with curtains front and rear including decking.

Our big thank goes to West Bridgford School, Chellaston School & Tech College, Greenwood Dale School, Aldercar Language College, Landau Forte College, & Castle Rock High School. back