L&SETTA educates future specifiers through project-based learning

L&SETTA educates future specifiers through project-based learning


Industry support for the design and phased build of a covered educational space takes hands on learning to students and lectures in London.

London and the South East Timber Trade Association (L&SETTA), under current chairman Jerry Wilson via the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) and Timber Research and Development Association’s (TRADA) University Engagement Programme (UEP), are working with undergraduate architecture students at University of the Arts London: Central Saint Martins (UAL: CSM), graduate students at the London Southbank University (LSBU) and horticultural students at Walworth Gardens (WG) on a live design and build project that brings essential hands on knowledge and experience to our future specifiers, which is currently missing from traditional university courses.

The custom-designed concrete-free, timber-framed building will be a new home for the horticultural therapy programme (Growing to Grow / Growback programme). Nestled in the NW corner of the garden (between the potting shed and the cordon apple trees) the 5m x 5m structure will occupy the same footprint as the existing indoor classroom.

Led by architectural researcher and WG volunteer Angharad Davies, the brief was to design a sustainable, adaptable and low-cost building. The UEP worked with design and build duo Billy Adams and Freddie Wiltshire (projects include Grizedale Arts, Clitter House cafe,) in collaboration with Cíaran Malik, engineer and course leader at UAL: CSM and Todor Demirov, course director of MArch at LSBU to bring this project to fruition.

The phased build of the Horticulture Classroom will enable further students and lecturers from the three educational institutions to get involved as construction continues.

Timber for the classroom arrived onsite last week, via L&SETTA and TTF member Howarth Timber along with specialist timber fixings from Rothoblaas UK. Construction is about to begin, look out for next week’s update.

Walworth Garden would like to thank the London Marathon Trust for funding the project. The University Engagement Programme at the TRADA (@TRADA) for essential timber knowledge. The TTF’s regional member The London & South East Timber Trade Association L&SETTA (@thettfregions) for timber sponsorship and supply, via Howarth Timber (@howarthtimber). The fixtures and fittings sponsors Rothoblaas.

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