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Södra Wood Supports London Timber Workshop

A range of timber materials has been donated by Södra Wood to support an award-winning timber workshop at London Metropolitan University. The annual award-winning workshop for the School of Architecture takes place in February each year, with Södra serving as a 2019 sponsor. “We’re really pleased to be able to

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BDC 318 : Jul 2024

Södra Wood

Södra’s perception survey shows a growing move towards timber in the UK

A recent industry survey conducted by Södra Wood has shown a definite increase in the specification of timber as a construction material in the UK, with 63% of respondents saying they believe timber is growing in popularity. The survey (hosted through Building and Building Design magazines) generated insight from almost 350 architects, consultants, contractors and merchants. The objective was to ascertain whether the UK is beginning to recognise the merits of timber and the results were clear to see: 69% of those questioned said they already worked with timber 68.75% of respondents felt that timber can help meet government housebuilding and sustainability targets When asked to rank the benefits of timber in order of importance, sustainability took the lead, followed by the fact that it is a quick and efficient material to work with. Great aesthetics took third place, then versatility, cost-effectiveness and offsite capabilities. Nigel Buckley-Ryan, Sales Director, Merchants, at Södra Wood, commented: “As a timber business, we have been working hard to position the benefits of what wood can do for our construction industry – it’s really rewarding to see so many people working with timber. We believe it can help meet many sustainability and housing targets in the UK, so I’m delighted to see recognition of that. “Sustainability is something that we are very passionate about here at Södra, which is why for every tree we fell, we plant another three and operate according to a tree’s natural lifecycle. It is welcoming to see that the UK construction industry is becoming more conscious of timber’s excellent sustainability credentials.” Jeremy English, Sales Director, Manufacturing, at Södra Wood commented: “While timber’s popularity is clearly growing, there remains lots of opportunity for further development, especially in terms of timber’s offsite capabilities, and cost and time efficiencies. The interesting thing about this survey is that it also shows that work still remains to be done to raise awareness around timber’s benefits. We’ll certainly continue to build its case and, as always, endeavour to drive the industry forward.” For further information about Södra Wood please visit www.sodra.uk

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Södra Wood Supports London Timber Workshop

A range of timber materials has been donated by Södra Wood to support an award-winning timber workshop at London Metropolitan University. The annual award-winning workshop for the School of Architecture takes place in February each year, with Södra serving as a 2019 sponsor. “We’re really pleased to be able to help with this workshop. Timber is something we are passionate about – it is fast becoming the construction material of choice, enabling quick, versatile, efficient and sustainable construction. It’s brilliant to see the future generation of architects working with wood and getting first-hand experience of the many benefits that it has to offer the construction environment,” said Jeremy English, Sales Director at Södra Wood. As part of the workshop, second year undergraduate architecture students travel offsite to Mudchute Park and Farm, where they get to learn more about working with natural construction materials. “Thank you to Södra Wood for sponsoring our workshop this year, it is something the students really enjoy every year. It is a great way for the students to learn how to work with the materials and gain valuable skills needed for their future careers, and it also allows them to fully immerse themselves in working with natural materials. We are pleased to know that our materials this year have come from a really sustainable timber source,” commented George Fereday, Senior Lecturer at The Cass, London Metropolitan University.

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