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College Construction Learners Play Key Role in Patrick Grant Project

College Construction Learners Play Key Role in Patrick Grant ProjectConstruction students from Blackburn College were recently involved in the Homegrown Homespun Patrick Grant project on Higher Audley Street.

Learners from the College’s Level 2 Fitted Interiors and Foundation Learning Construction courses used their skills to build wooden fencing that has formed the perimeter around a flax field. The fencing was installed by Blackburn College tutor Craig Parkinson.

The learners installed 40 metres of wooden fencing, fitted two gates, dug holes and installed 20 posts with concrete. They also bashed in 112 wooden posts before fixing approximately 200 metres of wire stock fencing to the posts to make a secure enclosure.

The purpose of the project is to take a piece of waste ground in Blackburn, clear it, plough it, plant and grow flax, woad and indigo. This will then be harvested, weaved and dyed in order to make jeans for the British Textile Biennial.

Blackburn’s Jayden Webster (18), Joe Hulley (17), Nathan Knowles (20), Oliver O’Grady (18) and Rishton’s Sydney Chapman (18) were among the students to be involved.

Craig Midgley, Head of School: Technical Studies at Blackburn College, said: “This was a great opportunity for our Construction learners to put what they have learned into practice as part of a real-life project. The opportunity to not only show off their skills but to work on a Patrick Grant project was too good to turn down and was one the students embraced.”

The next steps are for the year one Professional Build learners to 3D laser scan the area and survey the site to create a model of the plot.

To find out more about Blackburn College’s Construction courses, and to apply now, please visit the Course Finder.

5 May 2021, 09:58 AM