A cricket club is the latest project to benefit from the skills of hard-working construction students at Burton and South Derbyshire College.

Students on a range of construction trade courses have started work on Whittington Cricket Club’s new clubhouse, after impressing the English Cricket Board (ECB) with their work on the Darley Abbey Cricket Pavillion when it was completed earlier this year.

Wood machinist students will start work by constructing the window components, and bench joinery students will complete the frames in order to construct a dry shell of a building with a roof, heat and light before the Christmas break.

Students on plumbing, painting and decorating courses will then work on the internal finish, with the aim of completing the project in April 2012.

The new facility will provide the cricket club and community members with showers and toilets, changing rooms, entertaining space for social events and secure storage for ground and personal equipment.

Programme area manager Ian Vanes-Jones said: “At the college, we believe in giving our full-time construction students as much on-site experience as possible to ensure they are genuinely ready for the challenges and reality of life on a building site.”

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