Stamford Police had an unusual request when they visited carpentry students at New College Stamford – they asked the group if they could build a life-size functioning Doctor Who Tardis!

Carpentry students Alex Knox, Sebastian Cadwallder, Tim Pocock and Jodie Whitburn proud stand by the completed Doctor Who TardisThe Police were planning to use the Doctor Who replica as a temporary community police office for a week at a time as they visit local towns and villages.

The Tardis needed to be portable, easily dismantled and able to be re-erected in various locations, and although a challenging brief, Carpentry students Alex Knox, Sebastian Cadwallder, Tim Pocock and Jodie Whitburn jumped at the opportunity to get involved.

The finished product was unveiled to PCSO Christopher Clarke, who was said to be ‘over-the-moon’ with the students work commenting on the professionalism and quality of the work undertaken in its construction. The effort and time gone in to the build was clearly evident, and as a result PCSO Christopher Clarke is keen to promote the work of the college, and the students within in the wider community.

Not only has the project been a hit with Stamford Police, but it has also been a valuable experience for the students to develop their knowledge of joinery techniques, woodworking machinery, working as a team, working to deadlines, thinking outside the box and being creative – all of which they will require for a successful career in the industry.

Carpentry lecturer Tom Conway, supported the students with the project and said, “The students have worked extremely hard and have been responsible for the whole construction – from the build of the main structure, to the finishing joinery and painting. For the Tardis to be built and designed so that it can be easily taken apart, transported and re-erected in another place, it wasn’t an easy task but they did it, and they should be really proud of their efforts and the finished product.”

For more information about the opportunities at New College Stamford or the range of construction courses available to both those leaving school, and adults, visit www.stamford.ac.uk or call 01780 484311.