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Moving on up with Energy Efficiency – HESS TIMBER

Moving on up with Energy Efficiency – HESS TIMBER

Leeds Recycling & Energy Recovery Facility (RERF) – HESS TIMBER

A 42 metre high arch, taking the title of the largest timber structure in the UK, was recently erected in Leeds. The frame was supplied by German specialist HESS TIMBER, whose recent work includes the D1 tower in Dubai and the Museum of the Foundation Louis Vuitton in Paris. The glulam frame forms part of the Leeds Recycling & Energy Recovery Facility (RERF) based in the Cross Green area of the city and is designed to complement the surrounding environment. The frame is clad with translucent sheeting and incorporates a 1,800m2 living green wall to the southern façade to enhance its visual impact and provide biodiversity. The innovative design of the building, nicknamed as ‘the Greenhouse’, creates a positive landmark for the Aire Valley region of Leeds and the Cross Green industrial estate.

The building will divert more than 200,000 tonnes of household waste away from landfill, using the remaining unrecyclable material to generate electricity. The facility will also provide combined heat and power (CHP) to local businesses. The project will not only make an impressive addition to the Leeds city skyline but also generate a large influx of permanent jobs and help to create a more sustainable city.


The timber frame structure enhances the sustainability prerequisites of this project. Glulam is a renewable source that is also environmentally friendly and energy efficient. The engineered timber’s robust but light assembly makes glulam the ideal material for this structure, along with it also being chemically resistant, economical, versatile, and aesthetically pleasing.

Rensteph Thompson – Project Manager International of HESS TIMBER will be speaking at this year’s Solid Wood Solutions being held on September 16 2015 at the Inmarsat Conference Centre, London, with the presentation: “The Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility in Leeds – the largest glulam structure of its type in the UK”

If you are interested in finding out more about this record-breaking structure, as well as many other innovative and iconic projects and products in the engineered timber sector, then this is an event not to be missed. Packed full with industry pioneers, Solid Wood Solutions is the ideal networking opportunity for construction professionals looking to create new connections in sustainable design.

Tickets are just £125 +vat. Click here to book your place: http://solidwoodsolutions.co.uk/book

Taking place on 16 September 2015 and the Inmarsat Conference Centre, London. Solid Wood Solutions is a one day conference and exhibition designed to showcase the very best in engineered timber and creating a platform for the industry’s innovators to present some of the most prestigious projects in the UK and in Europe.

Engineered timber is one of the fastest growing modern methods of construction and this event is designed to inspire through innovation. The event will consist of a small exhibition of circa 25-30 companies from within the CLT and glulam technology sector plus complementary solutions such as SIPS and cladding/fenestration solutions with a conference of approximately 200 delegates.

Please see below for this years full speaker line up:

  • Rosi Fieldson – Head of Environment – Simons Group – Chair
  • Alex Smith – Associate – Hawkins\Brown, Nick Milestone – Managing Director – B & K Structures & Clive Fussell – Director – Engenuiti

“17-21 Wenlock Road  –  Building a 10 Storey CLT/Hybrid structure in London”

  • Andy Boutle – BIM Manager – Kier Construction, Eoin McCooey – Project BIM Manager – Eurban

“BIM 4 CLT & Digital Handover – Case Study; UEA Crome Court Student Residences”

  • Andrew Waugh – Founding Director – Waugh Thistleton Architects

“Timber systems in medium rise housing application”

  • Simon Brambles – Architect – 3D Reid

“Case study on the Taplow Retail Park”

  • Kate Edmondson – Architect – Penoyre and Prasad

“Case study on Middle Row Primary School”

  • Liam Dewar – Director – Eurban

“More than structure – Design-led solutions in solid timber”

  • Rupert Scott – Marketing and Membership Manager – TRADA

“Making it easier to specify timber: TRADA’s new National Structural Timber Specification”

  • Tim Snelson – Associate Director – Arup

“Timber in Commercial Offices”

  • Robert Hairstans – Director of the Wood Studio – Edinburgh Napier University

“Edinburgh Napier Solid Timber Research, Innovation and Commercialisation”

  • Kay Hartmann – Technical Director – KLH, Andrew de Silva – Architect – David Miller Architects, Brian Spencer – Bid Director – Bouygues UK, Gavin White – Director – Ramboll

“Mayfield School project”

  • Rensteph Thompson – Project Manager International – HESS TIMBER

“The Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility in Leeds – The largest glulam structure of its type in the UK”