Teaming our own sustainability credentials with Bristol's own reputation as a green city, Hadley have instructed Feilden Clegg Bradley and Buro Happold, architects and engineers both based close to the site, and given them a very specific sustainability brief - to deliver a design-led scheme, built in Cross-Laminated Timber. This will enable a development which will be as close to carbon neutral in its construction and delivery processes as possible.
For those unfamiliar with the changing face of the construction industry, CLT is a prefabricated panel used to form environmentally sustainable structural walls, floors and roofs. It is produced by stacking layers of timber together at 90 degrees to the layer below, glued together to form structural panels of up to 22m in length and 3.5m in width. Panels are manufactured off site in a factory, providing accuracy and a fast production time. Constructing the panels this way improves construction and delivery time, reduces costs and maximises efficiency.
Use of CLT results in a significant reduction in the overall self-weight of the structure, which often leads to lower groundwork costs. The early provision of a watertight structure then allows trades to commence earlier on site.
One of the benefits to using CLT is the significant reductions it allows in construction programmes. Panels are installed without the need for wet trades, with the aid of cranes and lightweight power tools, whilst site storage is reduced through ‘just-in-time' delivery scheduling.