Glulam: Glued Laminated Timber

Bonnyrigg1Whilst CLT is very much a (relatively) modern construction material, glulam has been with us for much longer- indeed, one of the earliest, still standing glulam structures is generally acknowledged to be the roof at King Edward VI school in Southampton dating from 1866. A couple of churches on Merseyside may even predate this by a decade. So even though the first patented use was in Weimar, Germany (to many the “home” of engineered timber) in 1872, the material was being used in Britain before this. The technology has been in constant use ever since and has spread worldwide over the ensuing decades. Here in the UK we have witnessed its spectacular use across all market sectors and commonly in commercial usage such as swimming pools and sports halls, and the uptake in iconic structures such as the Eden Centre. The strength to weight ratio of glulam timber is unparalleled and results in sustainable buildings that enhance architectural expression through performance allied with the warmth and ‘feel’ of a truly, natural, renewable material.