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BSW supports Britain’s future architects with timber donation

BSW Timber has donated homegrown, Grown in Britain-certified products from its construction timber range to an innovative architectural student exercise in London.

Brokered by Grown in Britain, C16 construction timber and larch cladding was supplied by BSW to the London Metropolitan University to be used as a part of their Mudchute Making Workshop.

Second-year undergraduate architecture students from the Sir John School of Architecture, at London Metropolitan University, utilised Grown in Britain timber products, to create beautiful freestanding structures at Mudchute Park in East London.

The workshop formed part of The Cass students’ ‘applied learning of structures, construction and sustainable timber syllabus’ and required the students to construct temporary 1:1 scale timber structures.

George Fereday, Associate Teaching Professor at London Metropolitan University, said: “We can’t thank BSW enough for their support with materials for our Mudchute Making Workshop. The event went very well with both the larch and construction timber performing exceptionally as expected.

“We thought it of great importance to showcase the credentials of homegrown British timber to our students”.

Hamish Macleod, Director of Public Affairs at BSW, said: “We were delighted to be able to support both London Metropolitan University and Grown in Britain to showcase the versatility of homegrown British timber to the next generation of architects in this country.”

Over the course of the four-day workshop the first group of students utilised the construction timber to undertake construction of a jetty-like structure with a membrane roof, built onto a hillside within the inner-city park. The second group of students used the GiB-certified homegrown larch cladding boards to create an interlocking lamella roof structure.

Dougal Driver, CEO of Grown in Britain, added: “We were thrilled to be able to work alongside BSW Timber to help provide the timber for this important workshop.

“By helping to educate the architects of the future we’re helping to instil the importance of choosing homegrown British timber products as they progress through their professional lives, ultimately reducing the construction industry’s carbon footprint and reducing the threats to Britain’s bio-security.”

Grown in Britain is an independent, not-for-profit organisation and certification body that works at every stage of the forest product supply chain to support the use of UK timber.

The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (The Cass) is an internationally recognised higher education school offering courses across a broad range of subject areas such as art (encompassing fine art, photography, English, creative writing, theatre and performance practice), architecture (including spatial planning and urban design) and design, which includes 3D design (fashion, textiles, furniture, product and jewellery), interiors and visual communication.

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