Low transport local timber for a Capital project

Pop Up Cities: Edinburgh

Location:    Expo Pop-Up Cities, Edinburgh

Architects:    Konishi Gaffney Architects

Wood Supplier:     James Jones & Sons

Wood Type:     Larch, Spruce

For over 100 years, James Jones & Sons had concentrated on making the most of British-grown timber-producing species, sourced as locally as possible to its sawmills and Timber Systems Division. The company had been pioneering in its environmental provenance, from becoming the first UK sawmiller to gain Forest Stewardship Council® and ISO14001 certification, to its TTF Responsible Purchaser status and PAS2050 LCA accreditation, James Jones & Sons have a long history of providing #TimberYouCanTrust.

Project Information

Location:    Expo Pop-Up Cities, Edinburgh

Architects:    Konishi Gaffney Architects

Wood Supplier:     James Jones & Sons

Wood Type:     Larch, Spruce

TTF Member

For over 100 years, James Jones & Sons had concentrated on making the most of British-grown timber-producing species, sourced as locally as possible to its sawmills and Timber Systems Division. The company had been pioneering in its environmental provenance, from becoming the first UK sawmiller to gain Forest Stewardship Council® and ISO14001 certification, to its TTF Responsible Purchaser status and PAS2050 LCA accreditation, James Jones & Sons have a long history of providing #TimberYouCanTrust.

Fabricated in just a few weeks from Scottish timber, this pop-up pavilion designed by Konishi Gaffney architects was the result of a competition to design a structure to represent the City of Edinburgh as part of the 2016 Pop Up Cities Expo at the Festival of Architecture.

 

Folded origami maquettes helped in the development of the design, which comprised two pyramids with three openings: a door, a skylight and a window.

 

TTF Member James Jones & Sons supplied kiln dried Scottish Spruce from their Lockerbie and Kirriemuir sawmills. This made up the primary truss-like triangular frames and bracing. Larch cladding was also used, and arranged in a diagonal pattern to accentuate the form.

 

The inherent strength of the structural timber meant that the only steel used was for brackets. It also provided a lightweight breathable, affordable, sustainable and aesthetically pleasing structure.

 

The original competition brief specified an eco-friendly building. Using locally-sourced Scottish Spruce supplied from James Jones & Son’s nearby sawmills kept the transport mileage to site very low.

 

This, plus the timber’s natural carbon storage qualities, helped towards achieving the brief. James Jones & Sons, as the UK’s only timber processor accredited to PAS2050 for Life Cycle Analysis, can offer clients carbon negative timber products, from carcassing and joists to sawn and machined timber.

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