CCG commenced work on one of Scotland’s most innovative residential housing developments last year and since then, we have made strong progress as we eagerly anticipate the delivery of the structural material that will be used for the building known as Cross Laminated Timber (CLT).
Located on Ellerslie Road in Yoker, Glasgow, the development will consist of 42 new flats and thanks to the use of CLT, will become the tallest timber structure in Scotland. Residents of the seven-storey building will also have stunning views over the River Clyde.
CLT is a form of structural timber that offers a sustainable alternative to steel and concrete offering enhanced environmental efficiency standards and greater flexibility during the construction process. It was first introduced to UK in 2003 and since then it has been used extensively across the South East of England in a variety of sectors and in doing so proving the concept for widespread adoption. It is now being used as the primary construction material for this new development which upon its completion in autumn-2017, will provide affordable living to tenants of Sanctuary Scotland.
Alastair Wylie, Chairman and CEO of CCG, said: “Since the conception of our timber frame division in 2007, CCG has led R&D into the use of ‘off-site technology’ in Scotland, a product of which is our bespoke ‘Off-Site Manufacturing’ facility, CCG OSM, which launched in 2010. We are constantly innovating and whilst we do not manufacture CLT, we have used it as an extension of our OSM product to further enhance our approach to sustainable construction.
This project is not only ground-breaking for CCG in terms of the CLT construction method but it also seeks to address some of the industry challenges in terms of resource demand; both the labour skills requirement and also the material supply chain. In doing so CCG are pushing the boundaries of our off-site manufacture capabilities and continue to show our success in striving to deliver the National target of building 50,000 new homes within the next 5 years as set by Scottish Government.”
CCG expect to begin the installation of the CLT superstructure in March and as this element of works progresses, so too will the exterior façade. As an extension of the ‘Off-Site’ process, the superstructure will be clad in a lightweight solution using acrylic brick slips, replicating a traditional brick aesthetic. This solution has most notably been seen at CCG’s award-winning Panmure Street project in Maryhill, Glasgow.
Stay tuned for updates as works progress where we will give detailed insight into the operations of the site and the use of CLT.