Working with Finnish Wood Research, Stora Enso and John Thompson & Partners Architects we were asked to organise a three day study trip to London for a group of senior city planning officials and construction professionals from Tampere, Finland’s third largest city.
The group’s visit to London was part of research being undertaken by the Council & Finnish Wood Research to explore technological and ecological advances in timber & energy efficient/carbon-neutral construction methods, with a particular focus on Cross Laminated Timber (CLT).
The UK is leading the way internationally on CLT construction and the material is increasingly specified because of its inherent structural qualities such as speed and accuracy of construction, airtightness and sustainability credentials.
The research was fundamental to the City’s development of a new city planning method for infrastructural and architectural design of an urban eco-efficient wood town ‘Isokuusi’ in Tampere. Once complete, this ‘wood quarter’ will house approximately 3,300 people.
The programme was designed to combine project site visits with opportunities for in-depth, high level discussion with some of the UK’s most prominent architects and engineers working with CLT.
Paul Karakusevic & Stefan Mannewitz - Karakusevic Carson Architects
Andrew Waugh – Waugh Thistleton Architects
Jonathan Fovargue, Eurban
Andrew Wylie, Buro Happold
Robert Sakula, Ash Sakula Architects
Pierluigi Chinellato – Sheppard Robson Architects
Ken Okwonko – Haworth Tompkins Architects
Horley Leisure Centre, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council
Stadthaus, London Borough of Hackney
Bridport House, London Borough of Hackney
Regents Park Open Air Theatre, London Borough of Camden
Stewart Milne Timber Systems, Oxon
Building Research Establishment, Watford