The Old Girl was built by five women, all members of London Community Neighbourhood Co-operative (LCNC), a straw bale trainee and a group of volunteers in 25 working days She is a load bearing straw bale shed rendered with cob and roofed with pond linerShe has an olive jar window using the jars of the olives eaten during the build!She has a wooden ramp to make the her fully accessibleShe is low tech showing that ordinary people with few or no building skills can construct a buildingThe Old Girl is a model building to showcase the beauty, advantages, simplicity and uniqueness of load bearing straw bale buildingsShe is set in a small garden, an urban food growing site registered with Capital Growth.
LCNC, plans to self build a straw bale apartment block and community centre in central London and wanted to find out unique building methods. Building and maintaining a load bearing straw bale building is easier for those with little or no building experience as well as being a unique, relatively cheap and ecologically sound building process. LCNC, responding to its immediate need for affordable workspace, were inspired to build our own office/meeting space from scratch and at the same time learn about this innovative and unique building technique.The video belowshows the first 25 days of building from clearing the ground to the building being being water tight.
If you like what we do, why not support readersheds and shedoftheyear
Need to add more photos or edit your text of your shed, then do it here.
Share Shed - A Library of Things
The Dip and Tipple Beach Club and Tikki Bar
The Rochester Arms
The old shed
The Hangar Hangout
Bedouin Tree Shed
The Bee Eco Shed
The Mushroom Shed
Allotment Roof Shed
Boat Roofed Shed
songs from the shed
The Lady Sarah Out of Worthing
the rugby pub
The Roman Temple