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Tech Spot #18: Largest timber structure in the UK, Leeds, United Kingdom

Friday 28 Aug 2015

Moving on up with energy efficiency

Tech Spot #18: Largest timber structure in the UK by HESS TIMBER in Leeds, United Kingdom
Tech Spot #18: Largest timber structure in the UK by HESS TIMBER in Leeds, United Kingdom Tech Spot #18: Largest timber structure in the UK by HESS TIMBER in Leeds, United Kingdom
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A glulam frame at Leeds Recycling & Energy Recovery Facility (RERF) is the largest timber structure in the UK 

A 42 metre high arch, taking the title of the largest timber structure in the UK, was recently erected in Leeds. The frame was supplied by German specialist HESS TIMBER, whose recent work includes the D1 tower in Dubai and the Museum of the Foundation Louis Vuitton in Paris. The glulam frame forms part of the Leeds Recycling & Energy Recovery Facility (RERF) based in the Cross Green area of the city and is designed to complement the surrounding environment. The frame is clad with translucent sheeting and incorporates a 1,800 sq m living green wall to the southern façade to enhance its visual impact and provide biodiversity. The innovative design of the building, nicknamed  ‘the Greenhouse', creates a positive landmark for the Aire Valley region of Leeds and the Cross Green industrial estate.

The building will divert more than 200,000 tonnes of household waste away from landfill, using the remaining unrecyclable material to generate electricity. The facility will also provide combined heat and power (CHP) to local businesses. The project will not only make an impressive addition to the Leeds city skyline but also generate a large influx of permanent jobs and help to create a more sustainable city.

The timber frame structure enhances the sustainability prerequisites of this project. Glulam is a renewable source that is also environmentally friendly and energy efficient. The engineered timber's robust but light assembly makes glulam the ideal material for this structure, along with it also being chemically resistant, economical, versatile, and aesthetically pleasing.

Rensteph Thompson - Project Manager International of HESS TIMBER will be speaking at this year's Solid Wood Solutions being held on September 16 2015 at the Inmarsat Conference Centre, London, with the presentation: "The Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility in Leeds - the largest glulam structure of its type in the UK"

If you are interested in finding out more about this record-breaking structure, as well as many other innovative and iconic projects and products in the engineered timber sector, then this is an event not to be missed.

Click here to book your place

Contact: Rebecca McArdle Email: rebecca.mcardle@radar-communications.co.uk

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Nick Myall

News Editor


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