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CCG’s innovative solution means quicker, more sustainable building

CCG is using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) on the 143 affordable homes it is building for GHA in the Gallowgate, Glasgow – one of the biggest housing developments currently being built in the city. 

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Glasgow-based contractor and manufacturer CCG (Scotland) is using a highly innovative new material to make the construction of a landmark affordable housing development quicker, more efficient and more sustainable.

CCG is using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) on the 143 affordable homes it is building for GHA in the Gallowgate, Glasgow – one of the biggest housing developments currently being built in the city.

CLT is a structural timber solution that rivals the strength of concrete and steel and has been used in the construction of one-off housing solutions and commercial projects across the UK – but is rarely used in mainstream housing.

The innovative new material can vastly improve site efficiencies, including speed of construction and a reduction in the use of materials.

CCG researched the use of CLT by building solely with the material as well as using it as a ‘hybrid’ timber solution in building flats, where traditional masonry materials used in common areas are replaced with CLT, integrating with CCG’s enhanced ‘iQ’ panelised timber frame system for the construction of homes.

CLT will be used in Gallowgate Phase G to compare it with two other common area solutions – traditional concrete and a clay brick walling system – to deliver a real-time quality, time and cost comparison.

CCG Chairman and CEO, Alastair Wylie said: “Before Gallowgate Phase G, CCG used CLT on two different housing projects, and it proved to us that, by combining our off-site capabilities with structural timber, we could further enhance the operational environment of the construction site.

“The comparison of materials at this project is giving us a real-time example of how they compare and upon the development’s completion, we can utilise the data captured to inform our clients in the future delivery of flatted housing projects.

“We are delighted to be part of this wonderful development and look forward to handing over the first properties to GHA this summer.”

Work on the 143 new GHA homes in the Gallowgate started in summer 2018 and should be complete by early 2020.