Jordan Cliffe wins World Skills “friendly” competition 2021

From Shanghai to Stratford…Building Crafts College Stonemasonry student Jordan Cliffe, an apprentice from Canterbury Cathedral, wins the 2021 “friendly” World Skills stonemasonry competition.  World Skills is an international organisation promoting skills training and excellence in a wide range of trades and professions – from construction to catering. For those who reach the top of their

New! Bench Joinery Saturday Course – apply now!

This is an ideal beginners class or a refresher course for learners who have been away from working in wood for a while, offering 10 full days of intensive tuition in our fully-equipped workshops, with all tools and materials provided. Dates: Saturday 24th April – Saturday 10th July 2021 Location: Building Crafts College, Kennard Road,

NEWS: Jay Blades’ fundraiser helps the Building Crafts College

March 2020

 

We are delighted to be among 5 recipients of a donation by the inspirational Jay Blades, presenter of BBC 1’s The Repair Shop and Money for Nothing and the Director of Jay & Co.

NEWS: Employer Apprenticeship Funding

August 2020

 

As part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs, an incentive payment of £2000 (more in some cases) will be made to all employers hiring an apprentice from 1 August 2020 to 31 January 2021.

NEWS: Two students shortlisted for Wood Awards

July 2019

 

Two BCC students have been shortlisted for this year’s Wood Awards, the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in wood. Within the Student Designer category there are two cash prizes; £1,000 for Winner and £500 for People’s Choice. Voting for the People’s Choice Award will take place at 100% Design in September. The winners will be announced at the annual ceremony, held on 19th November.

NEWS: Royal Opera House prize-giving

July 2019

 

Earlier this month the Royal Opera House welcomed us to their annual apprenticeship prize-giving held in its Crush Room. This year, there were four graduating apprentices including the BCC’s Tom Forrest (Level 2 Bench Joinery) who is the ROH’s Scenic Carpentry apprentice.

NEWS: Fabrication event for ‘The Fenland Black Oak Project’

July 2019

 

We are delighted to announce that we are now ready to start to build the Fenland Black Oak table using 5000 year old bog oak. This will be done with the students and staff at the College from July 22nd until August 16th, during this time there will be three Open Workshops open to the public.

NEWS: Seven awards and shortlistings at New Designers

July 2019

 

Twenty of the Building Craft College’s Fine Woodwork Diploma Year 2 students exhibited during the second week of New Designers, at Islington’s Business Design Centre, 3–6 July. During the show, five of our students received a record-breaking seven awards and shortlistings.

NEWS: Masters’ consorts visit BCC

May 2019

 

The annual visit of consorts of Masters of City of London livery companies took place on Thursday 11th April. In all a party of 30 received a presentation on the work of the College from the Principal before taking a tour of workshops.

NEWS: Creative Dimension Summer Workshops

May 2019

 

This summer the Building Crafts College will be opening its doors to The Creative Dimension Trust with two letter carving workshops, one in stone and the other in wood. The Creative Dimension runs fully-funded workshops for 14-18 year olds who love working with their hands and enjoy experimenting with different materials and structures.

NEWS: London Craft Week

May 2019

 

The BCC is taking part in London Craft Week with a tour of the college and chair making at the OXO Tower.

NEWS: Success at Master Builder Awards

April 2019

 

One of the BCC’s apprentices has won a Master Builder Award. Ross Handley of James Johnson Ltd was the London Winner of this year’s Apprentice Award.

NEWS: Success for BCC students at annual Wood Awards

November 2018

 

We are delighted to announce that two BCC students won Wood Awards at the annual ceremony held on 20th November. The Wood Awards is the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in the world’s only naturally sustainable material.

NEWS: Students enjoy trip to Florence

November 2018

 

In October, 11 of our lucky Stonemasonry students visited Florence, Italy for a week. They visited the Duomo Palazzo Vecchio, Pietre Dura St Croc and the Academia Gallery.

NEWS: BCC students awarded prizes at New Designers

September 2018

 

The BCC’s Fine Woodwork Diploma Year 2 students exhibited at New Designers in July at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. During the show, three students were awarded prizes.

NEWS: Three BCC students shortlisted for Wood Awards 2018

August 2018

 

Three BCC students have been shortlisted for this year’s Wood Awards. Established in 1971, the Wood Awards is the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in the world’s only naturally sustainable material. The Awards aim to encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood.

NEWS: Apprentice Week

March 2018

 

During apprentice week, on 8th and 9th March, the Building Crafts College hosted careers visits by pupils from the East London Science School, Eleanor Smith School and St. Bonaventure’s School.

NEWS: BCC success at New Designers

July 2017

 

The Building Crafts College’s Fine Woodwork Diploma Year 2 students exhibited at New Designers, 5–8 July at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. A total of 19 students exhibited approximately 50 pieces of furniture.

 

NEWS: National Success for BCC Apprentice

June 2017

 

We are delighted to announce that BCC Stonemasonry Apprentice Theo Brogan has come first in the UK Masonry Skills Challenge.

NEWS: College Prize-giving 2016

December 2016

 

On Thursday 24th November the annual BCC Prize-giving was held at Carpenters’ Hall. Graduates and prize winners were presented with certificates and trophies by the Guest of Honour David Goldstone CBE who is CEO of the London Legacy Development Corporation. In all 250 guests attended what was a very successful and enjoyable event.

NEWS: Study trip to Italy

October 2016

 

From Tuesday 11th to Friday 14th October thirteen stonemasonry and conservation students were led by Nigel Gilkison and Jim O’Brien on the annual study trip that encompasses Florence, Pisa and Cararra. The highlights of the trip were the Florence Duomo and its masons workshops, Pisa and the Cararra marble quarries.

NEWS: Apprentice changes traditional advent calendar

December 2016

 

Steven White, an apprentice bench joiner from Borehamwood, had the idea of making a bespoke advent house out of recycled timber for the staff at Hannaford, a commercial fit-out specialist company based in Frogmore, London.

Mr White turned his hand to the project, often staying late to finish, ready for December.

He is currently working towards a Level 3 NVQ in bench joinery, at the Building Crafts College in Stratford.

NEWS: BCC Students Shortlisted for Wood Awards 2016

August 2016

 

Two past BCC students have been shortlisted for this year’s Wood Awards: Excellence in Architecture & Product Design in the Student Designer category. Michael Stevenson his Geometry table and Juan Junca for his Milena easy chair.

NEWS: Trainee Heritage Hard Metal Roofing placement opportunity

August 2016

 

There is a wonderful opportunity to join Specialist Historic Building Conservation contractor Roles Broderick Roofing Ltd. for a 12 month placement, carrying out the fabrication and installation of hard metal roofing and cladding systems on a range of sites in Surrey and the surrounding area.

NEWS: Trainee Heritage Lead worker placement opportunity

August 2016

 

There is a wonderful opportunity to join Specialist Historic Building Conservation contractor Norfolk Sheet Lead Ltd. for a 12 month placement, carrying out new and conservation lead work on a range of historic sites in Norfolk and the surrounding area.

NEWS: Trainee Heritage Carpenter placement opportunity

August 2016

 

There is an excellent opportunity for a 12 month placement with a Historic Building Conservation company McCurdy & Co Ltd, which specialises in structural carpentry, based on historic projects in the South of England.

NEWS: Trainee Heritage Brick-worker placement opportunity

August 2016

 

There is an exciting opportunity for a 12 month placement with a specialist Historic Building Conservation company, Fullers (Builders) ltd based initially at the artist Turner’s Grade II* listed house, Sandycoombe Lodge, in Twickenham and other historic projects in the London Area.

NEWS: Trainee Heritage Slating and Tiling placement opportunity

August 2016

 

There is a wonderful opportunity to join Specialist Historic Building Conservation contractor Fildes Roofing Ltd. for a 12 month placement, carrying out slating and tiling work and repairs at a range of sites in Sussex and the surrounding area.

NEWS: Trainee Heritage Conservator placement opportunity

August 2016

 

There is an exciting opportunity for a 12 month placement with a Historic Building Conservation company Oxford Lime Mortar Ltd specialising in lime mortars and associated materials working on pointing and plaster repairs on historic projects within a 30 mile radius of Oxford. Particularly suitable for recent school/college leaver keen to learn a heritage trade or someone with a level 2 NVQ in plastering/stonemasonry or a related trade keen to work towards a level 3 NVQ in Heritage Plastering.

NEWS: Trainee Heritage Flint & Brick-worker placement opportunity

August 2016

 

There is a wonderful opportunity to join Specialist Historic Building Conservation contractor F.A. Valiant and Son Ltd. for a 12 month placement, carrying out flint and brick-work repairs at a range of sites in the Suffolk/East Anglia region.