Kendal College students build Kendal Head Viaduct!

21 Feb 2012

Level 3 brickwork students at Kendal College have excelled themselves in creating 'Kendal Head Viaduct' as part of their studies. As part of their qualification they were asked to create an 'axed segmental arch' which had to include a course of Dog Tooth Corbels, finished off with a brick on edge course capping.

From left to right: brickwork students Dan Bland, Tom Hayton, Aaron Whitehead, Michael Carr. From left to right: brickwork students Dan Bland, Tom Hayton, Aaron Whitehead, Michael Carr.

They constructed the arches using Voussoirs, which are bricks that have been cut to a wedge shape.

Students are only given the dimensions of the proposed segmental arch (the span and rise) and they have to use this information to calculate how many Voussoirs it will require and the size that they need to be applying real world maths skills to a complicated brickwork problem.

The students then had to painstakingly cut all the Voussoirs and the brickwork that surrounds each arch to construct.

Brickwork lecturer Richard Blacker said: "The students got so into the project they asked if they could link all of the arches together to make one big viaduct and behold, 'Kendal Head Viaduct' was born.

Kendal College offers brickwork programmes at all levels on a full-time or apprenticeship basis within its Heritage Construction Centre and forms just a part of the range of courses that are creating skilled tradesmen for the local area.