The Bursar, Deborah Griffin OBE, has taken part in a topping out event with a difference at the construction of a new accommodation and auditorium wing at Homerton College.
‘Topping Out’ is normally marked by the fixing of a roof panel or beam, but in this instance, Deborah has helped to place one of four Swift Bricks in the gable ends of the building.
Barnes Construction has sponsored the Manthorpe Swift Bricks, which have been developed in conjunction with major housebuilders and conservation experts to provide a safe, spacious and habitable area to allow swifts to nest within the construction of modern buildings.
Deborah commented: “Bird species such as swifts have nested in the eaves of our buildings for thousands of years, but improvements in construction have put their survival at risk. Swifts come to the UK for three months during the summer to raise their young and they prefer nesting in small groups, but the population has been dwindling recently as suitable nest sites have become scarcer.
“I am really pleased that we have been able to do our bit to support them.”
Designed by Ingleton Wood Martindales, the new £3.8 million four-storey building, when completed in the spring of next year, will provide an auditorium and two music rooms on the ground floor, and 18 en-suite guest bedrooms over the remaining three floors.
The structural design for the project has been carried out by Morrish and the mechanical and electrical design has been undertaken by Max Fordham. Cambridge-based, Bremner Partnership is the cost consultant for the scheme.
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