One Great Workshop: Energy at Portland Works

On Tuesday, the story of the ‘One Great Workshop’ Architecture Live Project began with a walk and talk with Portland Works building manager Colin Havard. From a number of ‘Little Mesters’ sharing one source of power at the Works to 12 different electricity suppliers serving one building, the stories of making and energy have always been entwined…

Portland Works building manager Colin Havard tells of energy and making

Portland Works building manager Colin Havard tells of energy and making (photo r.tyszczuk)

Tool maker Andy Cole gave a demonstration in the forge, explaining the processes of manufacture. His incredible skill in using the hammer to make very fine tools was brilliant to see… The belts which powered the drop hammers when Portland Works was first built were still in evidence in his workshop. Andy told us that he could reconnect them and use them today.

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Andy Cole gives demonstration of toolmaking (photo r.tyszczuk)

On Thursday Jennifer, Charlotte and Fran met with local history writer Anna de Lange to talk about her research into Portland Works. She told of the change from gas to electricity at Portland Works in relation to manufacturing, the company who built Portland Works RF Mosley, and the wider historical and urban context. You can read more about this project on the blog, onegreatworkshop.wordpress.com

Live Project Students Jennifer, Fran and Charlotte meet with Anna DeLange

Live Project Students Jennifer, Fran and Charlotte meet with Anna DeLange (photo j.udall)

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