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Case study: Natural Material Innovation | Upgrading softwood for use in high rise construction

Upgrading Softwood for use in High Rise Construction

naturalmaterialCambPlants Initiative collaborated in the proposal for the Research Programme Grant from the Leverhulme Trust on the theme of Natural Material Innovation.

Led by the Department of Architecture the research involves unique collaborations with the University’s Department of Biochemistry, Department of Plant Sciences, Departments of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) and Department of Chemistry.

The funding of £1.75 million over five years enables the exploration and development of the potential for natural materials in the built environment.

A fundamental premise of the work is that natural materials are an essential component of a sustainable future, but that unmodified, such materials are not up to the task. 

See the press release announcing the awarding of the grant to fund research into natural and sustainable building materials.

For more information on their research, please visit the website of Natural Material Innovation Centre at, or the Natural Material Innovation Centre page here on the CambPlants website.