Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) was first developed and commercially produced in Central Europe in the early 1990s. Eurban introduced CLT to the UK in 2003 when it was a little-known, niche material, but the UK soon became CLT’s first major export market.
In most countries, including the UK, the first CLT projects were smaller in scale – Eurban’s first project was an extension to Caldicott School in 2004. Very quickly, however, projects grew in size as the benefits of the material and its efficient building system became evident. Just one year later in 2005 Eurban completed their first multi-storey CLT building on Waterson Street in London (Fairmule House).
In the following 12 years the use of CLT has grown exponentially across Europe and across the world with multiple CLT structures now standing in North America, South America and Australasia.
An 8 storey residential block, comprising 41 new apartments. Installed in 10 weeks.
Architect: Karakusevic Carson Architects
Timber Engineer: Eurban Limited
Timber Contractor: Eurban Limited
CLT Supplier: Stora Enso
A 13 storey residential project in Québec City: 12 floors of mass timber on a concrete podium.
Architect: Yvan Bloin Architecture
Timber Engineer: Nordic Structures
Timber Contractor: Nordic Structures
CLT Supplier: Nordic Structures
The headquarters of a company who promote renewable construction materials. Taiwan’s first CLT building.
Architect: Origin Carson Architects
Timber Engineer: Equilibrium
Timber Contractor: Nicola Logworks
CLT Supplier: KLH
Student residence building for the University of British Columbia (UBC). The tallest building with a timber structure in the world so far.
Architect: Aston Ostry Architects
Timber Engineer: Fast & EppTimber
Contractor: Seagate Structures
CLT Supplier: Structurlam
A 10 storey apartment building – the first of its kind in Australia.
Architect: Lend Lease
Timber Engineer: Lend Lease
Timber Contractor: Lend Lease
CLT Supplier: KLH
As CLT specialists, Eurban have the experience and expertise to collaborate at an international level. The team work with CLT suppliers and installers to share specialist knowledge that has been gleaned over 260 projects. They work with investors to get projects ‘off the ground’, and with architects and designers to advise on the most efficient way to build with CLT and Glulam.
This year Eurban launched a Swiss Office to further assist with international projects. Its proximity to Eurban’s supply chain means that the Swiss Office is also able to ensure a close relationship with Eurban’s suppliers and with the CLT factories.
Eurban frequently speak at conferences and meetings across the globe. Over the last 12 months alone destinations have included: Canada, China, America, Estonia, Poland, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland and Italy. By attending such events Eurban’s team are able to keep up-to-date with the latest international developments and are also able to help grow the international market for CLT and the market for timber in general.
Images: 1. Bridport House, 2. Waterson Street (Fairmule House)