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vrijdag 4th augustus 2017
An innovative project to help combat London’s housing crisis has been unveiled from Lowe Guardians and Studio Bark architects. Modular SHEDs (taken from the word SHarED), which are manufactured offsite and can be installed in the space of a day, allow for self-contained living within vacant buildings such as disused warehouses or office spaces.
The SHED Project makes use of environmentally sound SMARTPLY OSB panels to create individual ‘U-Build’ modules which are insulated and soundproof and can provide a unique living space for the growing ‘property guardians’ market. These guardians tend to be young professionals, keyworkers and creatives who pay reduced rent to live in empty properties in order to keep out squatters.
The modules are designed to reduce the impact property guardians have on vacant buildings by providing an easy-to-install private living solution and reducing waste when these short-term tenants move on to new sites. Equally, however, the modules themselves are designed to be low-impact and use environmentally-friendly, sustainable materials with a reduced carbon footprint.
The OSB panels are manufactured in a fully sustainable way from FSC® certified forests and are CNC’d (Computer Numeric Cutting) to help reduce wastage. Zero added formaldehyde during manufacturing ensures the panels also contribute to healthier and less toxic living conditions. Both the materials and methods of construction have thus created an environmentally-conscious solution to meet the demand for quality and affordable housing in London.
Wilf Meynell, Director at Studio Bark commented: “The SMARTPLY panels are an affordable and environmentally conscious material. Manufactured from the thinnings of fast-growing timber, the product will also sequester carbon over its lifespan, helping to reduce the effects of global warming. We were drawn to the material not only for its environmental credentials but also because of its smooth, pressed finish which can be left exposed for the interior of the modules.”
The pods give tenants a private space which they are able to take ownership of and decorate themselves. Easy to dismantle and install, the SHEDs are suited to the lives of young professionals and creatives. In light of the lifestyle challenges facing young people living in the capital today, these new pods provide a sustainable and flexible solution to accommodation.
“It’s fantastic that our sustainable products are helping to combat the lack of affordable housing for young people,” said Stuart Devoil, Head of Marketing and Brand at MEDITE SMARTPLY. “The difficulties facing young people today who are trying to make a life for themselves in the capital are immense. Lowes Guardians and Studio Bark have created a revolutionary solution that is easy-to-install, low-impact and hugely exciting as a new way for people to live. It’s even more exciting when you consider the solution this project could provide for homelessness and the refugee crisis. We’ll be following its progress with great enthusiasm and interest!”
For more information on the SHED project and to apply to be a resident, visit the Lowe Guardian’s website.
Watch a video for the project here http://bit.ly/2tu8TFP
Photo credit: David Jensen Photography
woensdag 31st mei 2017
David Trubridge teams up with MEDITE SMARTPLY to light up Redwood Forest.
Leading designer and maker of contemporary lighting, David Trubridge, has made use of MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME in an innovative outdoor lighting installation in Rotorua on New Zealand’s North Island.
donderdag 25th mei 2017
A clever design piece from Jardine Couture has made use of MEDITE SMARTPLY OSB for an easily-transportable exhibition kit that tells the story of an innovative Northumberland arts project, The Mansio. In similar style to the arts project it exhibits, the exhibition stand is designed to be transportable and stores within itself, enabling it to visit different locations to help share the story of The Mansio project with a wider audience.
donderdag 27th april 2017
Colourful directional figures made of MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME now point out a safe route to school for children in Billund, Denmark.
maandag 24th april 2017
MEDITE SMARTPLY, producers of innovative timber panel products, has launched a interesting new app for its SMARTPLY product range.
vrijdag 31st maart 2017
In a significant move for the construction industry, MEDITE SMARTPLY, producers of innovative timber panel products, has signed a commitment as part of a consortium planning the construction of the world’s first Tricoya® wood chip acetylation plant. To be built in Hull, the plant will produce the raw material for the manufacture of MEDITE® TRICOYA® EXTREME, the market leading high performance wood panel.
dinsdag 28th maart 2017
MEDITE SMARTPLY, producers of innovative timber panel products, have donated €1000 to Carrick-On-Suir River Rescue.
donderdag 9th maart 2017
MEDITE SMARTPLY, producers of innovative timber panel products, have been awarded the most sustainable stand over 60m2 at Ecobuild 2017.
vrijdag 3rd maart 2017
SMARTPLY DRYBACKER, an innovative factory-prepared oriented strand board (OSB), has greatly reduced the time spent on the latest big build project for contractor SD Plastering.
maandag 13th februari 2017
MEDITE SMARTPLY, leading supplier of sustainable OSB and MDF panel products, is partnering with award winning social enterprise Goldfinger Factory for its ground-breaking new stand at Ecobuild 2017.