Workshop 09 / Fabric Formwork

Location: Small Hopes Fram, Workhouse Lane, Briston, Melton Constable NR24 2BE

Client: Small Hopes Farm, Norfolk

Facilitators: Wilfred Meynell, Phillip Wells with Alan Chandler and Malishev-Wilson Engineers


INTRODUCTION: The use of fabric formwork was pioneered in the UK by UEL and Edinburgh University, the largest British project to date being the award winning 2010 Chelsea Flower Show garden by Paul Hensey, built at Edinburgh University and UEL Docklands by Diploma Students. Under the guidance of UEL graduates and Malishev-Wilson Engineers.

OUTCOME: The project to build a 1.5 metre retaining wall almost thirty metres long at Small hopes Farm in rural Norfolk – the largest fabric formed concrete structure in the UK.

The workshop has limited numbers, and there is a requirement for spending the workshop in Norfolk on site. The workshop induction will be on Monday 19th in the morning to allow for travel directly to site for an afternoon debriefing. The work is adjacent to the Farm with all facilities available.

KEY RISKS TO CONSIDER: The ‘ANNEX 1’ risk assessment is a document that asks you, the team to collaborate in anticipating the activities you are about to engage in, and to develop a strategy to deliver a safe and effective outcome. This is not a chore – it is core – an architect who cannot establish a safe design is not an architect. Complete the risk assessments online as a first draft via the blog and upload for review on the 19th September – as the design progresses, the risk assessment will be revised and uploaded as Revision A latest Thursday 23rd September.

Key risk considerations for Workshop 9 Fabricformwork: Travel to Norfolk, familiarity with basic woodworking tools, handing concrete (readymixed site delivery minimises this potential), working with construction scale building elements (lifting, carrying and general site hazards – note no overhead or working at height), potential for sun exposure. PPE should be borrows from UEL, comfortable and suitable rugged footwear is required.


WORKSHOP BLOG: is the main platform for the Construction week overview and organization. Here you can find the workshops’ briefs, blank forms to fill when required, and documents regarding the single workshops.

You are asked to upload the main documents referring to your workshop in the Main Blog. (Main DOCs = Main Blog)

Each workshop is also asked to set up a personal blog where uploading photographs and comments every day. (Photographs, comments = Single WSPs Blogs). To know how setting up YOUR BLOG and use the MAIN BLOG, please visit at the section THE BLOG.



Brief / Wsp09

Retaining wall / Wsp09

Pieces pre-hessian / Wsp09

Pieces post-hessian / Wsp09

Work Phasing / Wsp09

Directions / Wsp09

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