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Ramboll to build giant CLT head to raise mental health awareness

Ramboll head

Ramboll has been chosen to help with the construction of a nine-metre-high wooden sculpture of a head which will draw attention to mental health issues.

The structural engineer was chosen to work on the installation, created by artist Steuart Padwick and called Head Above Water, because of its extensive work and experience with cross-laminated timber (CLT).

It will sit on London’s South Bank alongside Gabriel’s Pier as part of the London Design Festival designjunction (September 20-23). The work aims to highlight the hope, bravery, compassion and positivity of all those suffering from mental illness.

Ramboll has contributed structural timber design, geotechnical and marine engineering services and CFD analysis, with its digital design capabilities helping amend and evolve plans within the artist’s short timescale.

Ramboll associate Alan Dowdall managed the project, which has included including organising funding from the company’s CLT, CSR and Wellbeing teams. He said: “Ramboll is really excited to be involved in such a thought provoking and visually appealing piece of art. It speaks right to our values and draws on our years of experience in timber engineering, digital design and historic structures.” 

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