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The Importance of being PEFC and FSC Certified

In the wake of the current climate crisis, it is of great importance that every company works to reduce their carbon footprint, especially in the construction industry. By using timber, a renewable and a greenhouse positive product, at BCL we are already making steps to reduce the carbon footprint of the buildings we work on. Trees are essential to all kinds of life and it is vital that they are used in a sustainable way.

 

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PEFC and FSC are just two of the many companies working to certify that timber is sourced ethically. They work to protect forests globally, meaning “we can all benefit from the products that forests provide now, while ensuring these forests will be around for generations to come” (PEFC). These companies run a global system which consists of Forest Management and Chain of Custody. By working with stakeholders across the globe, they allow consumers to use certified timber from well managed forests worldwide. These forests harvest timber in a sustainable way, by replanting trees and taking care of their workers with fair pay and working hours.

Through using timber from these certified sources, we are reducing the need for other carbon heavy materials such as aluminium in construction. Throughout the production process, one tonne of aluminium releases 9.3 tonnes of CO2 whereas timber actually absorbs 1.7 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere. This example alone shows the importance of replacing carbon positive materials with natural products. Obtaining timber from these accredited sources will not only reduce the carbon footprint your building has, but will support correct management of our forests, guaranteeing this valuable material will continue to be widely available for the future.


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London Construction Awards 2019

Here at BCL we are delighted to announce that we have made the shortlist for three awards at this year’s London Construction Awards. For our work on London Bridge Station we have been nominated for Architectural Project of the Year, Regeneration Project of the Year and Fit-Out Project of the Year.

Designed by Grimshaw Architects, the £1 billion redevelopment of London Bridge took 5 years to complete, with our Western Red Cedar panels as the main feature of the new concourse, covering over 7000 square metres in three distinct patterns. This ceiling system is clad with high acoustic performance Alpha panels, which provide both class A and B acoustics, perfect for a busy station as the open space effectively absorbs sound from the passengers and trains, reducing the overall level of noise. Using our secret fixings for a smooth finish with integrated lighting troughs, the panels have also been structured in a way that protects from an upward blast in the event of a terrorist threat, given the prominence of the station.

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BCL ensured the highest standard of work was produced, with support and knowledge through every step, from design to installation. This striking project has already been named winner of the RIBA London Award and Project of the Year from AJ100 2019, and is currently in the shortlist for the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize. It is a huge achievement to be shortlisted for three more awards and we are pleased to see our panels getting the recognition they deserve. We’re looking forward to the result on November 27th.  

Have a look at our full case study for London Bridge Station.

Take a look at the full list of finalists here.

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The RIBA Stirling Prize 2019

Named after architect James Stirling, the Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize is without a doubt the most prestigious award in architecture. RIBA President Ben Derbyshire explained that although the buildings “could hardly be more diverse in typology and scale” they have “ground-breaking innovation, extraordinary creativity and the highest quality materials and detailing” in common.

Among the six varied nominees, BCL is over the moon to announce that two of our projects have made the cut. Both London Bridge Station and The Macallan Distillery have already won their fair share of awards, so it is no surprise that these two are up for the Stirling Prize.

London Bridge Station

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Designed by Grimshaw Architects, London Bridge underwent a £1 billion redevelopment that took five years to complete, with BCL Western Red Cedar panels at the heart of it. The main concourse is clad with our high performance Alpha acoustic panel system. This allows the sound from the busy station to be absorbed effectively, reducing the level of noise from passengers and trains. The fully demountable panels use our secret fixings to ensure a smooth finish and involve integrated lighting troughs. The new concourse allows a lot more natural light into the station, taking away the usual dark and gloomy feel from London train stations.

The Macallan Distillery

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The Macallan Distillery was completed as part of a £500 million investment in the Macallan brand. Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, this building is beautifully different from the inside out. Detail is everything here, with the choice in timber species selected as EU oak, as a nod to their sherry-seasoned oak casks. BCL panels cover 361 m2 of the main reception area, with all being covered in a factory applied lacquer of clear class 0 fire protection, providing fire safety without needing maintenance.  By using natural materials such as local stone, a living green roof and of course, timber, the distillery provides interesting and refreshing experience for visitors.

Regardless of the outcome of October 8th, it is already such an achievement to have two contrasting and stunning buildings that heavily feature our timber make the shortlist. We wish all the nominees the best of luck.

For our full case study on London Bridge Station, click here.

For our full case study on Macallan Distillery, click here.

To see the full RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist, click here.

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The New Macallan Distillery, Scotland

The new Macallan Distillery and visitor experience was completed earlier this year as part of a £500 million investment in the Macallan brand. The £140 million distillery was designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners and installed by Linear Projects.

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BCL’s FSC certified Prime EU Oak panels are the main feature of the reception area, a nod to The Macallan’s signature sherry-seasoned oak casks. Spanning over 361 m2 of the reception, the panel selected was a Class B configuration with 44 mm x 19 mm slats with a 21 mm gap. This class of acoustic panels will effectively absorb sound, keeping noise in the reception area to a minimum. The slats have also had a factory applied lacquer of clear Class 0 fire protection to ensure fire safety without needing maintenance. Using BCL’s secret fixings, the timber is given a smooth finish, with no visible screws or nails. 

As per every BCL panel system, we offered support throughout the entire process, from design to manufacture and then installation. 

Macallan Distillery has already been awarded the RIAS Award 2019, the RIBA Award for Scotland 2019 and is currently shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2019 alongside another project of ours; London Bridge Station. We are proud to have worked on such an interesting and beautiful project that we can all see is entirely deserving of these awards and nominations.

For our full case study and more projects like this, check out our projects page here.

  

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