University experts to support development of Scotland’s tallest timber building

Construction researchers will join forces with CCG

Date posted

20 February 2017

15:05

Edinburgh Napier experts are to play a key role in the development of Scotland’s tallest timber building.
  

Off-site construction specialists CCG have published plans for the innovative residential build in Yoker, Glasgow, combining use of cross laminated timber (CLT) and an acrylic brick-slip façade.

R&D construction experts from the University’s Institute for Sustainable Construction are supporting the development, bringing together specialists in offsite timber engineering, energy performance, acoustics and sustainability. The partnership between CCG and Edinburgh Napier University expertise is being supported by the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre.

In 2015 the University was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in recognition of the significant impact of its research with industry and public bodies into sustainable construction, timber engineering and wood science.

Situated on Ellerslie Road, the new Mast Architects designed development of 42 flats for Sanctuary will reach up to seven storeys, giving tenants expansive views over the River Clyde.

Selected as a sustainable alternative to steel and concrete, CLT first emerged on the market in 2003, reaching its peak in 2009 with Murray Grove, London, which at nine storeys just pips Yoker to top billing in the UK. 

Alastair Wylie, CCG chairman and CEO, said: “This project is not only ground-breaking for CCG in terms of the CLT construction method but it also seeks to address some of the industry challenges in terms of resource demand; both the labour skills requirement and also the material supply chain.” 
The project is expected to launch in March and complete in autumn 2017.

Professor Sean Smith, Director of the University’s Institute for Sustainable Construction, said: ”The CCG Yoker project is a perfect example of the multi-disciplinary support and expertise we can provide to innovative construction projects which help Scotland, UK and international projects deliver low energy sustainable buildings.”


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