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Budding Brickies Build Chichester Cathedral (posted 5 July 2012)

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Budding Brickies Build Chichester Cathedral...

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Budding Brickies

A group of budding brickies impressed their tutors by buiding a 1.7 metre tall, 8.8 metre long scale-model of Chichester Cathedral, not once, but twice as part of their brickwork assessment.

The eleven-strong cohort, who are all studying Building Craft Occupations (BCO) at Central Sussex College's campus in College Road, Crawley, originally started building the impressive structure outside, but due to the unseasonal bad weather, were forced to abandon their plan, dismantle the building and re-build it inside the brickwork shop!

The one-year BCO course incorporates several construction disciplines, and allows students interested in construction to have a go at carpentry, tiling, plastering and bricklaying, before they choose which area to specialise in.

Eighteen-year-old Connor Hicks said "The idea to build the cathedral came about in one of our lessons and we were all really keen to give it a go.  This final version has taken us three weeks to complete, working on it for about two and a half days each week.  I think we've all really enjoyed working together on one project, rather than working on our own, and it's amazing to look at the finished 'church' and think 'we did that!'"

Fellow student Cale Breeze added: "It's actually going to be quite sad when we take it down, but luckily we've all taken lots of photographs, and hopefully we'll be going on a trip to Chichester soon to see the real thing!  Connor and I have enjoyed brickwork so much that we'll be coming back to College in September to start the Level 1 Diploma course."

Brickwork Lecturer Mark Blake explained: "Projects like this really capture the students' imagination, and enable them to put what they are learning into context.  They are also a great talking point amongst staff, students and visitors to the College, as you can't really miss them!  Last year we built a mini colosseum, and now this year the cathedral, complete with gothic arches, so who knows what we'll attempt next year!"

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