Reuse

A beacon of sustainable reuse built using reclaimed timber groynes
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The Durley Chine Environmental Hub is a showcase of sustainable design using repurposed timber. Comprising a Passivhaus education building, a café kiosk and public toilets, this visionary building was designed by TDUK members Footprint Architects and WSP for BCP council. On the promenade of one of Bournemouth’s popular Blue Flag...
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Lea Bridge Library by Studio Weave
A second life for fallen London trees
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Beautifully lined in a colourful patchwork of hardwoods from felled urban trees, Studio Weave’s pavilion is a dynamic and delightful addition to Lea Bridge Library. Images © Jim Stephenson. A red pre-cast concrete colannade runs the length of the wing. The non-structural columns contain downpipes taking rainwater to the tree...
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Durley Chine Environmental Hub
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The Durley Chine Environmental Hub is a new seafront visitor centre for Bournemouth that has been built using low carbon and repurposed materials.
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Timber Circular Design: Waste Wood
Timber Circular Design: Waste Wood
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Wood is a valuable resource that can be reused and recycled. Products made from waste wood include particle board, animal bedding, and horticultural mulch. However, at present most waste wood is burned as biomass for energy recovery.
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Lea Bridge Library Pavilion
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The refurbishment and extension of Lea Bridge Library in East London has added an adaptable wood-lined community space and café, providing visitors with flexible spaces to work, learn and socialise.
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‘Making buildings sing’ – a panel on timber retrofit and reuse
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After three days displaying the Wood Awards shortlist exhibition at gallery@Oxo on the Southbank, TDUK hosted a live talk as part of the Material Matters programme of sessions exploring material intelligence with architects and designers. Responding to Material Matter’s overarching concern with the reuse of waste materials and the sustainable...
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Making A Stand - an artificial forest of timber fins arranged vertically stands tall and proud in Leeds City Centre.
A sustainable timber ‘forest’ springs up in Leeds City Centre
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Commuters and visitors arriving into Leeds city centre have been greeted by an extraordinary sight. A sculptural 'forest' has taken root in the main public square outside Leeds railway station. Comprising 127 seven-metre-tall timber fins, the installation is entitled 'Making A Stand'. It uses commercially grown timber "borrowed" from the...
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Greyfriars by Konishi Gaffney
Greyfriars Charteris Centre
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Konishi Gaffney Architects’ refurbishment and extension of Greyfriars Charteris Centre in Edinburgh has transformed the underused former church and administrative building into a thriving community hub, providing flexible work and events spaces and a nondenominational sanctuary.
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A water tower with a heart of wood
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In this reuse project by Tonkin Liu, a dilapidated water tower is transformed into an enchanting home by stabilizing the delicate steel frame with a strong timber core. Image © Dennis Pedersen: the renovated tower stands proudly overlooking the fields. The steel-framed water tower, which had originally been used on...
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Recovering and minimising waste wood
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Understand how waste wood can be recycled and provide different applications that are not only economical but environmental.
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