Arthur Coates, Structural Engineer at Price & Myers, was awarded the 2019 Pai Lin Li Travel Grant by the IStructE.
Arthur travelled to Vancouver, Portland, San Francisco and Norway to research tall timber buildings and the future of mass timber technology. He met with engineers, architects, researchers, and manufacturers who have been crucial in developing the tall timber building market.
With growing global concern about the impact of the construction industry on the environment, timber may offer a solution to reduce CO2 emissions and lessen the effects of climate change. Although recent changes with regards to fire safety of tall buildings have restricted the use of timber in the UK, the tallest timber building in the world, Mjøstårnet at 85m, was recently completed in Norway.
Arthur's aim is to investigate the drivers and innovations enabling timber construction to compete with steel and concrete at scale, identify potential obstacles and environmental challenges, and explore the future of engineered timber systems.
Arthur will produce a report detailing his findings which will be published by the IStructE in 2020. He will also be presenting his research at a number of events, please get in touch with us if you would like to find out more: email@example.com