Students build excitement for the Olympics


Cornwall College Camborne construction students and apprentices have unveiled a large celebratory wall depicting the iconic Olympic Rings in preparation for London 2012.

The ‘Olympic Wall’ is six metres long and uses materials donated by 13 local businesses. It has taken five weeks, 11 tonnes of bricks and a team of more than 20 students to build and saw the last brick laid this week at a ceremony attended by Dave Linnell, Principal and CEO of Cornwall College and local Olympic Torch bearer Amy James.

Kyle Ainsley and Dave Linnell lay the final brick

3,500 bricks, sand, cement, a commemorative plaque, framework and the time of some full-time employees were donated by local businesses who were keen to get involved in a project that helps the students celebrate the biggest sporting event of the year.

Dave Linnell, Principal and CEO of Cornwall College said:

“The Olympics is a huge event for the UK and it’s great that our students are able to feel part of it down here in Cornwall. This terrific project really showcases the talent and skills of our staff and students and the great relationship that the college has with local businesses.”

The businesses who donated to the project are Bradford’s Building Supplies, Cornish Lime Company, Ibstock Bricks, Valle Construction, Cornish Fixings, M J Building Services, Gilbert & Goode, ISIS Construction, M&R Construction, P.A. Webster & Sons Home Improvements, Cowley Granite, A.J. Bray, S.J. Andrews and Markit Engraving.