Steel house a first for CPIT carpenters

Steel house a first for CPIT carpenters

There’s a new kid on the block at CPIT’s Tradefit site. A steel frame house sits alongside traditional timber framed houses on the building site at the Trades Campus thanks to a new partnership with Totalspan, which was launched on 18 June.

CPIT Carpentry tutor Ron Bedyn became aware of steel frame housing following professional development at Totalspan last year and was enthusiastic about integrating it into the carpentry curriculum, making CPIT one of the only training institutes to offer this alternative building unit.

“It is a great opportunity for our students,” he said. “We are preparing them for industry and steel frame housing has grown from 1% of the market to 8% so it is a growing area and one they need to be aware of.”

There are distinct advantages to steel, he said. “It’s lightweight and stable, has no problems with moisture and is comparable in price.”

The new training initiative has been developed through a partnership between the National Association of Steel-Framed Housing (NASH), CPIT and Canterbury-based steel-building manufacturer, Totalspan.

As with other Tradefit houses, plumbing and electrical students will also have the opportunity to gain practical experience and put theory into practice on the steel frame house. Dwarfing the new house frame are two steel frame commercial buildings under construction as part of CPIT’s Master Plan programme of building and refurbishment works.