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‘Super Tall Timber’ project shortlisted for RIBA President’s Medal for Research 2016 [winner TBA late 2016]



‘Super Tall Timber’ project awarded RIBA President’s Award for Research, Design and Technical category, 2016


River Beech tower design shortlisted for World Architecture Festival 2016 


Oakwood Tower design shortlisted for Structural Timber Awards 2016


Oakwood Tower ‘Platinum’ winner of the American Architecture Prize 2016 in the Tall Buildings category


Architecture of Necessity, Sweden, Shortlist, Bahay Kawayan Bamboo House

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FLOWER approved by the Interreg VA France (Channel) England Programme

Jun 15, 2018

Development of innovative flax fibre reinforcements for composite applications

A strategy to improve the processing of softwood to sustainable biomaterials and biofuels

Sep 21, 2017

In a paper recently published in Biotechnology for Biofuels we are looking at a possible way to improve the processing of timber derived from conifers to feedstock used for sustainable manufacturing of novel biomaterials and biofuels. Softwood, as any other timber, is predominantly composed of plant secondary cell walls - an intricate matrix of polysaccharides and phenolic compounds which surround wood cells. Due to abundance of trees, plant secondary cell walls are the largest, renewable, resource of bioenergy on the planet.

Green method developed for making technical fibres

Sep 07, 2017

The team at the Centre for Natural Material Innovation has designed a super stretchy, strong and sustainable material that mimics the qualities of spider silk and viscose rayon, and is ‘spun’ from a material that is 98% water.

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