8 weeks till the build

Well it has been a very busy week at Building Trust HQ where I have been travelling around the South of England attending a variety of meetings with roofing manufacturers, fellow non profits and accountants to name but  a few…

Last week I visited EcoBuild which is the World’s biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment and the UK”s largest construction event of any kind. At the conference we reviewed a variety of interesting building techniques from pallet housing to straw bale build and adobe brick/rammed earth structures. Some of the most interesting structures were from UK Universities including an interesting project from second year students from the Department of Architecture and Built Environment of the University of Nottingham. Their design was a pavilion which used recycled shipping pallets, scaffolding parts and strapping elements to create a structure in which sustainably sourced materials and an attractive spatial quality dominate.

University of Nottingham project at EcoBuild
University of Nottingham project at EcoBuild

At the exhibition we met with the team from Fordingbridge PLC the company has an excellent reputation for the design and build of inspiring, sustainable curved roof structures including school canopies, covered walkways and tensile fabric structures. As the winning design from the School 4 Burma competition has a fabric roofing system we arranged a meeting this week in Arundel to see the structures which Fordingbridge manufacture and design on site. It was great to see a UK manufacturing company which designs, researches, engineers and manufacturers all under one roof in the factory in Arundel. We had a very interesting meeting and look forward to developing the roofing design further. We also arranged several meetings with marquee manufacturers to see if this could be a solution to the roofing design.

The winning design we will be building this summer
The winning design we will be building this summer

In order to gain some advise on setting up volunteering projects, I met up with Bee Rowan from Strawbuild. Strawbuild is a not-for-profit social enterprise that provides straw bale building and training services across Europe. As I have never had the experience of managing a group of volunteers of a build before, Bee kindly met with me to recommend her top tips on volunteering. She gave some great advise on how to make sure everyone on site should be confident in knowing their duties and their tasks for each day but also to ensure each individual is taught tool safety before getting to site. It was great to discuss the project through with Bee and learn some fantastic ideas on how to keep team moral up by playing games and group activities to make sure everyone is positive and excited about the build.

At Building Trust I have to learn new tasks each day and no days are boring as I learn about new projects, my days vary from working on marketing our brand to lecturing at Universities. I also have the role of accountant and slowly am learning about the world of Charity finance! In order to gain some words of advise I had a meeting with my friend Ali who is an accountant from a major charity. He advised me on the best way to keep accounts and the charity books in the best order to ensure a clear understanding from all when reviewing our accounts. So role on end of year and putting in our first year of accounts!

Thanks to all of those who I had meetings with this week, it is great to receive words of advise and assistance.

Now 8 weeks to go!!

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