Waingels College that located in Wokingham, United Kingdom, was designed by Sheppard Robson. Developer Willmott Dixon is replacing the existing college and asked Sheppard Robson to showcase the latest technologies in sustainable design. Computer designed cross laminated solid timber panels from sustainably managed forests will create the school’s load bearing structure – a sophisticated ‘flat pack’ system.
The departure from traditional steel and concrete frame systems is an innovative move for the education built environment in the UK. The timber structure has less embodied carbon than steel or concrete, creates minimal waste and offers a cheaper build alternative following a sharp increase in the price of steel.