Tall order for Ringwood builder

Tall order for Ringwood builder

Tall order for Ringwood builder

First published in New Forest News by

A BUILDER from Ringwood had a very tall order to fulfil for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Jim Stride, known around the town as Mr Ringwood after his work organising major events and working with youngsters, was asked to build a huge temporary wall for the ExCel Exhibition Centre in Docklands London to segregate the fencing from the boxing.

The wall was 87 metres long and 10.2 metres high, and used 26 tonnes of board on a metal stud frame.

Mr Stride said: “We were asked not to make any holes in the exhibition halls whatsoever, and so although we started a week before anyone else and it was quiet, the pressure was on.

“We built the wall in seven days flat, which included painting it white, using articulated lorry loads of metal stud, Fermacell board and Knauf insulation.

“Then in September just after the Paralympic Games were over we took the wall down and recycled every last piece – 26 tonnes of Fermacell, 6.5 tonnes of steel and 1,200 pieces of insulation, leaving the exhibition halls as we found them.”

Mr Stride’s firm PJS Solutions used 14 workers for a week to build the wall, and six workers for four days to take it down again.

He said: “Taking the wall down it was like being in a war zone.

“There was heavy machinery whizzing up and down, lorries streaming past and loads of skip lorries. It was a bit stressful with all this going on.

“Overall though, the experience was very good and I am proud to have been part of the Olympics.”

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6:54am Mon 8 Oct 12

Village Idiot says...

It's a real shame he couldn't use the insulation to reduce the noise from the A31 here in Ringwood!
It's a real shame he couldn't use the insulation to reduce the noise from the A31 here in Ringwood! Village Idiot
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7:52am Mon 8 Oct 12

aunty mary says...

Nice advert,self penned no doubt.
Nice advert,self penned no doubt. aunty mary
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