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A career in timber house design awaits Jack Smith from Sandwich, Kent, after impressing experts at OFP Timber Frame on work experience.

Jack Smith, 18, is a sixth form student at Sir Roger Manwood’s School and has been working with OFP Timber Frame, in Sandwich Industrial Estate, on a project for his A Level product design.

Jack, who lives in Stodmarsh near Canterbury was graded an A* for his model of a timber frame home.

Neil Brennan, the company’s director, said: “He’s a fantastic 18 year old and he’s put months of work into this.

“Structurally he has obviously done his homework and research. If we built it, it wouldn’t fall down.”

Mr Brennan explained that some models may look right but in real-life the structure might not be viable.

He added that he would be able to use Jack’s model within the company.

OFP Timber Frame is keen to work with local people and young students in the area and build on this relationship.

The director added: “Timber is a growing industry with it being sustainable, the more people we can help the better and we hope it will all come back and they will want timber frames in the future.”

OFP donated £250 towards his future studies for text books and materials and are very keen to maintain contact with both Jack, and Sir Roger Manwood's School.

The full story can be found on Kent Online here.

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