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07 June, 2023

Footprint+ Breakfast Briefing: The Future is Timber

08:30 - 10:00, The Timber Stage, Footprint+, Hove Lawns, Brighton.

We profile 4 upcoming developments showcasing how timber will be used across housing, education, commercial and retrofit.

Developers seeking to adopt timber on increasingly large and complex schemes are joining forces with architects devising inventive methods of biobased construction. This Breakfast Briefing will spotlight projects by four Built by Nature Frontrunners, using timber and biobased materials for low-carbon health, housing and commercial development.

Anna Lisa McSweeney from White Arkitekter will speak about the practice’s designs for the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff, which aims to be the UK’s “most sustainable hospital”, using hempcrete blocks, bioresin flooring and timber.

Turning to commercial buildings, Alexia Laird will present Landsec's Timber Square scheme in Southwark, London; a 14-story part retrofit, part new build. A model for future urban development?

Andy Tugby from Human Nature will talk about their ambitious plans for the Phoenix industrial estate in Lewes, where they have employed a phalanx of the UK’s most renowned architects and engineers to transform this brownfield site into one the largest timber residential developments this country has ever seen, a car-free mixed-use utopia set against the backdrop of the South Downs National Park.

Finally, Kelly Harrison from Whitby Wood will show us how we can build on top of our cities with timber, retrofitting existing buildings and vertically extending them, creating additional floor space and storing carbon on top of our existing built environment.

Register for Footprint+ here.