By: Anthony Thistleton 100 Projects UK CLT co-author
Wood is a building material that can last for centuries. It doesn’t rust, corrode or spall, and it complies with all expected building code and performance requirements. Wood design can add dimensional stability, immense strength and a low carbon footprint. It’s also beautiful, cost-competitive, strong and versatile, providing endless possibilities to design and build structures that leave a legacy.
Now more than ever, with innovations like CLT, wood is capturing the imaginations of today’s leading building designers. The UK in particular has been a global pioneer of CLT construction with more than 500 completed projects to date.
To celebrate the innovation and showcase what’s possible with CLT, we’ve compiled a book, 100 Projects UK CLT, from research commissioned by the Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) and Forestry Innovation Investment (FII).
100 Projects UK CLT is intended as a practical guide for those interested and ready to build with mass timber, with insights and lessons learned from real buildings.
It contains 100 case studies of CLT buildings in the UK with facts and project details on each. In addition, it includes a primer on CLT construction outlining the benefits, technical approaches, as well as design and construction considerations.
There’s no shortage of interesting projects and facts about mass timber in the book but here’s a sneak peek at a few projects featured:
Hilden Grange Prep School: CLT was chosen for this project to accelerate construction as the school had to be built within one academic year. Timber was also selected for the interior as it has been shown to have a beneficial impact on stress levels and behavior of children in schools.
GSK Centre for Sustainable Chemistry: The objective of this project was to create a laboratory that would make no overall contribution to greenhouse gases throughout its entire lifecycle. Calculations project that all carbon associated with both the construction and operation of the building will be paid back within 25 years.
Sky Health and Fitness Centre: The first engineered timber gymnasium in the UK, its spaces are connected through a stacked timber stair that links the three floors, void spaces providing visual connection and allowing daylight deep into the plan.
Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care: The first use of solid laminated timber in a tertiary healthcare environment, this single-story extension was designed to provide space and privacy for parents to engage with their babies. Because wood doesn’t become electrically charged, which inhibits raising of dust, allergens are reduced increasing the quality of life for those with respiratory problems.
We look forward to sharing all the exciting mass timber projects with you and hope it provides inspiration for future buildings made with CLT.