When time is short updating the blog is always a bit tricky, so looking back over the last couple of weeks the focus has been on building the two large trusses that break the length of the build into manageable spans. The timber sizes got beefed up by the structural engineer, so principal elements are made from great big 225x100mm timber, bolted with 3mm steel plate and M16 bolts. I estimate the finished trusses are between 275-300kg each, so lifting them into place on top of the edge beams is the next big challenge!
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Mike Hawkins is a co-op member and is responsible for the design and management of the build. He'll also live in it when its finished - hooray! He teaches future architects at Leicester DeMontfort and Birmingham City universities.