BP2010 is nominated for AJ Small Projects awards!

Congratulations to everyone who has contributed to this fantatsic project!

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The Grand Opening

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The proud team finished off the final details in time for the opening in the afternoon which welcomed Eden personel and other interested parties to enjoy the space, relax in our ‘lazy chairs’ constructed from car tyres and learn more about the building plot project.

Jan Korbes, our ‘creative director’ from REFUNC guided the design process and who has years of experience working and innovating with used car tyres showed genuine excitement for the result which he suggested had pushed the use of car tyres as a roof cladding to a new level. Praise indeed!

A huge thanks to Awards for All for making this possible and to all the team who have worked so hard over the last 2 weeks to make this such a fantastic workshop.

ASF-UK and Eden will now reflect on the learning process and skills gained by participants with the intention of formulating an accreditable course which deals with the issues of construction with waste materials. The course will be targeted at low skilled individuals in order to new create new ‘green collar’ job opportunities and skills within the reuse sector.

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Day 7: Nearing completion

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The team have worked hard to get the shelter completed ahead of the opening tomorrow.

The finishing touches are being put to the roof – the fringe is being tidied and the guttering installed. Some checks have been made to the seals using a pressure hose as alas the beautiful sunshine has been fantastic in all but allowing us to see how the roof will perform under typical Cornish summer weather!

There will be some finishing touches required tomorrow morning but you can feel the excitement in the team as we near completion…

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Day 6: Endless tyres…

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With a full team and another day of glorious sunshine the team knuckled down to the task at hand – sourcing over 80 car tyres and preparing, cutting and grinding ready for fixing onto the roof, the final bay of rafters and cross-bracing to install and a haircut to attend to.

The roof has now really begun to take shape and a sense of enclosure can be felt inside. Ed and Boris, our chief car tyre tile layers began to shape the over hangs at the front and rear, cutting a fringe which corresponded to the angular frame.

Kyle, Ali, John and Andy all put in some work on notching and fixing the final bay of rafters which fan out according to the opposing trusses which has a beautiful rhythm and flow.

Junga and Mel, with the guidance of our superb carpenter Rufus began to resolve the question of how to make a connection between the existing ‘Alchemy’ building (presently our office and workshop, but otherwise a visitor centre) with the new intervention. A series of steps will be built to join the two levels with the possibility of some other additional elements.

The whole group played their part in processing the tyres ready for the roof cladding which was quite a slog and occupied most of the team for much of the day.

Things are looking good for the final couple of days and spirits remain high. There is a good sense of determination to finish and reach a high level of detailing before the opening on Thursday.

Tomorrow will be another tough day –80 more tyres were picked up at the end of the day and so the morning will be another session of cutting, prepping and laying the spectacular fanning roof which will push the material to its extremes.

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Day 5: Workshop two begins

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The second workshop started in great fashion with the arrival of three new volunteers and one returnee who had missed the Saturday which brought our numbers up to 13.

We were greeted on site with beautiful weather which only boosted morale and smiles all-round.

Shortly after work commenced the engineer made his scheduled visit to input on the design of the structure; helping to identify any weaknesses and possible remedies. There was some apprehension amongst the group as the design is far from orthodox(!) However, our young and enthusiastic specialists embraced the approached and worked hard to ensure strength was added where needed without compromising the design intentions.

There was a good discussion between all parties – volunteers, carpenter, building specialists and the engineer which led to a fluid and dynamic development of remaining joints and details. The result was a stronger structure which would resist the most extreme wind loading whilst simultaneously adding to the aesthetic.

The schedule was not pushed too much today to allow the new recruits to get into the swing of things. We made good progress but there is clearly a lot to do in the remaining 3 days so I’m sure the pressure will be felt first thing tomorrow and we’ll have to knuckle down from hereon to get everything finished in time for the grand opening on Thursday evening!

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Day Off: reflect, unwind, plot…

A chance to look back at what has been achieved over the last week, how the process has unfolded and how best to make the most of the second week of workshops. There is much to plan for coming into the second week.

A big thanks to everyone who has worked so hard this week. The whole team should be really proud of the way we have pulled together and after a good days rest, and the addition of some new participants for the second week we hope to carry the momentum forward and have a fantastic structure completed in four days time with some great learning outcomes for the students…

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Day 4: Full steam ahead

On the last day of the first workshop all the team members had by now learnt a great deal about the timber joinery techniques being used and methods for preparing the tyres so that we were able to keep a good momentum and make another jump forward on the structure.

In addition a team set to making the most of the left-over car tyre sides to spread a sense of the structure and our project about Eden. The sides of the adjacent visitor centre, Alchemy, were clad and further afield on gates, fences and signs the tyres have been placed on the approach to the site to give visitors a suggestion of what is to come.

By the end of play three bays had been erected and the first two had been fully cross-braced. Some additional supports were also put into the earlier structure ahead of the engineer’s first visit to site on Monday.

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