8th October 2010

IoBM Practical Building Skills Challenge Day, October 8th, 2010

The Institute of Builders Merchants held its first ‘Practical Building Skills Challenge Event’’ at Cambridge Regional College on Friday October 8th, 2010.

The challenge for the teams from Travis Perkins, Wickes, Jewsons, Ridgeons, Parker Building Supplies and EH Smith was to:

  • Build & erect a timber frame structure
  • Lay bricks
  • Fit cladding
  • Cut and fix plasterboard
  • Bend & install copper pipes
  • Tile with ceramics

within a set timescale.

Although no team completed the full task list, most teams completed the timber frame structure, cladding, plasterboard and bricklaying. Judges from CRC then assessed all teams for the quality of the build, teamwork and health and safety

Winners - Ridgeons Ltd
Winners – Ridgeons Ltd

Representatives from the winning team (Ridgeons) and runners up (Jewsons) confirmed that they thoroughly enjoyed the day and learnt a lot about the products they sold.

Rebecca Mason, Institute President said

“We are extremely pleased with the support the event has attracted and would like to thank the participants and the sponsors i.e. Builders Merchants Training Trust, Institute Charity Fund, Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants, Montague Meyer, MDM Timber, Lafarge, Uponor, ITP Ltd., Aco, Sika, Knauf Insulation, Ancon, Hanson, Stockgap, Symphony Group, Ideal Standard for their support, both financial and for materials for the build and goody bags. We could have sold the event twice over so we will be looking to hold another event in Spring 2011.”

To register your interest, please contact Gill Sellick on 01767 650662 or by using our contact form.

Visit our facebook page for photos of the event.

Rebecca Mason
President of the Institute of Builders Merchants
01638 564780
07958 658189


A big thank you for the following companies and organisations who supported the Practical Skills Day on the 8th October.

  • Builders Merchants Training Trust
  • Institute Charity Fund
  • Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants
  • Montague Meyer
  • MDM Timber
  • Uponor UK
  • ITP Ltd
  • Lafarge
  • Symphony Group plc
  • Ideal Standard
  • Aco
  • Sika
  • Knauf Insulation
  • Ancon
  • Hanson
  • Stockgap
  • Cambridge Regional College
  • John, Roger & his construction team
  • Catering students for buffet