|The hemcrete is shoveled in between shutters. Once dry the external shutter will be removed to allow the hemcrete to breath.|
|Sharon puts in her first shovel of hemcrete|
|Volunteer Ann soon follows suit|
|..and Sarah our graduate is not far behind.|
|But of course, I had to have a go too!|
In some areas of our building we have used a recycled aggregate block for structural support, and although hemp can act as structural support we do not have enough time to allow it to harden - many weeks. The timber frame within the hemp therefore has to take the load of our roof.
But don't fear, I have lots of samples of all the materials we have used within our build to have on display when you visit, and don't forget we will be open in May!
Fordhalls new facilities have been generously part funded by Advantage West Midlands