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Sky's the limit for timber highrise plans

Oakwood tower river daytime

Engineers and architects have presented mayor of London Boris Johnson with plans for an 80-storey wooden skyscraper.

The plan for the 300m high housing block, which would be called Oakwood Tower and sit within the Barbican, has been worked on by a team which includes Cambridge-based civil and structural engineers Smith and Wallwork, alongside researchers from Cambridge University’s Department of Architecture and PLP Architecture.

The team is looking at the use of timber in tall buildings from the viewpoint of its benefit as a renewable material, potential reduced cost and quicker construction, safety aspects and building weight.

Smith and Wallwork co-founder Simon Smith said: “Timber is our only renewable construction material and in its modern engineered form it can work alongside steel and concrete to extend and regenerate our cities. It is only a matter of time until the first timber skyscraper is built.”

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