Hams Hall Roundhouse

One of the developments over at Hams Hall Environmental Centre is the construction of a 6.5 meter thatched round house. Each week I have been working with volunteers from the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust teaching them the skills to build such a structure. As you can see from the picture the main frame is more or less up and when I get back with them we will be daubing and thatching. The volunteers are great and very keen and pick up the skills very well. This particular design has the support of GCA construction from Derby behind it. Having built other round houses before it is interesting working with a construction engineer calculating the stresses and diameters of poles etc in order to satisfy them it is sound. Having only a few hours each week means it will still be a while before we complete the project however it is clearly stirring up interest and enthusiasm to everyone involved and many others.