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Architecture students explore materials and technology at Mudchute Farm workshop sponsored by BSW Timber in association with Grown in Britain.

Undergraduate architecture students from The Cass recently took part in an offsite construction workshop using sustainable UK grown larch provided by BSW Timber in association with Grown in Britain.

The construction workshop is an annual event for the School of Architecture, taking place in February each year. Second year Architecture BA (Hons) students travel offsite to Mudchute Park and Farm, where they learn more about working with natural construction materials as part of their Technology module. Last year the workshop was awarded a prestigious Excellence in Structural Engineering Education Award.

George Fereday, Associate Teaching Professor at The Cass, London Metropolitan University, said: “Thank you to BSW Timber in association with Grown in Britain 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.”



Hamish MacLeod , Director of Public Affairs at BSW Timber Group said, "BSW were delighted to support the London Met project this winter. We recognise the importance of collaborating with academic and research teams across a range of disciplines and institutions but more especially the supporting of young people at an early stage of their careers."

Dougal Driver, CEO of Grown in Britain commented “Grown in Britain is delighted to join up one of its most innovative certificate holders, BSW Timber, with The Cass at London Metropolitan University and their students. Our certificate holders provide sustainable British timber that enhances all of our lives and it is vital that the architects and designers of the future appreciate where wood comes from and they look for the Grown in Britain logo.”


The Cass has introduced London’s first MSc in Timber Technology which will launch in October 2020.

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