Project Cambridge

Cambridge Rammed Earth Project
September 2011 – Building a Rammed Earth Feature Wall inside a new SIPS House in Cambridgeshire…
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We made it to the top! We capped it off with a wet earthcrete mix

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Nearly done, just 300mm to go…

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Ramming the blend of sub soils into the shuttering formwork

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Nick, Neil and Ian

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Stelios gets to grip with a modified Scabbler which is now a Pneumatic Rammer

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Scaffolding erected and hoist installed

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Nick and Neil discuss the finer points of moisture levels

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First section of shuttering in place, if this stays level then the rest should follow

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Shuttering located on the foam glass upstand

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Two different sub soils will be blended to give us the mix we need

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The foam glass base which the wall will be rammed off

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The 150mm X 45mm framework pre-assembled and loaded on the trailer

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The main sides of the shuttering varnished and ready for loading

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All the support ribs assembled ready to take to Girton
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This is the bottom section of the shuttering, 4.5 of these will be needed to enclose the 5.2m high feature wall
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The ribs are pre bolted to ensure the wall maintains it’s 2.75m x 0.5m dimension
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M16 threaded rod used to connect the face and end ribs
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M16 threaded rod being cut to size using a stationary engine and power hacksaw… Old school
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The 18mm plywood is extended to 2.750m
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This is the footprint of the new house…
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Nick, the owner, selecting sub soil from a local building site…
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The grab lorry can hold 13 tons and takes it to our site 5 miles away for £100
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Delivered next to where it will be sieved prior to blending and ramming…

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