Concepts for sustainable, low-cost prefabricated housing made from domestically grown timber and round-wood thinnings.
A demonstrator 'kit of parts' for constructing small scale buildings will be assembled and structurally tested as the primary outcome of the research project. The components will be designed for disassembly and milled from a range of small, medium and large diameter coppiced thinnings to align with woodland management practices in the region.
The majority of timber used to manufacture the building components will be Grown in Britain certified and sourced from the Birling Estate on the edge of London. Birling will also serve as the temporary site for the timber structures.
The HGH project aims to positively impact:
- The evolution of sustainable architecture made from locally sourced timber.
- The local community by supporting skilled forestry and timber processing jobs.
- Student researchers studying sustainable construction at London Metropolitan University.
- The biodiversity, health and productivity of the woodlands by encouraging active coppice management
- A net-zero carbon economy and the housing crisis.
George Fereday, PI
Guy Nevill, Director, Birling Estate Ltd.
Dougal Driver, Chief Executive, Grown in Britain
Nick Meech, Design and Make practitioner
Current phase: January - June 2021