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UK’s ‘largest timber structure’ erected

3 Sep 14 Contractors have erected the arch of what they claim is the largest timber frame structure ever built in the UK.

The timber arch goes up in Leeds
The timber arch goes up in Leeds

The 42-metre high arch, made from Glulam laminated timber, will form part of the Leeds Recycling & Energy Recovery Facility (RERF), which is being built by Clugston Construction in the Cross Green area of the city.

Clugston is working in collaboration with French process contractor CNIM, under contract with Veolia, for Leeds City Council. Once completed in summer 2015, the RERF will divert over 200,000 tonnes of household waste away from landfill, using the remaining unrecyclable material to generate electricity.

The facility is designed by French architect Jean-Robert Mazaud of S’pace Architects. The frame has been 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.

Clugston Construction project manager Tony Wing said: “We have progressed at the facility in Leeds as expected. Everyone who is working on site is proud to be part of such an exciting project that will provide so many benefits to the Leeds community.”

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