Only Responsibly-Sourced Timber for British Land's 5 Broadgate

15/04/2015

New video published by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) shows how British Land, Mace, and Make Architects have managed to deliver one of London’s largest and most significant new office developments using only responsibly-sourced timber for the wood in the building, and during its construction. 
 
The development at 5 Broadgate is one of the largest single office buildings in the City of London’s financial district, with 700,000 square feet of floor space over 12 storeys. It has used 1,200 cubic metres of timber (the equivalent of 250 mature trees) including everything from MDF and plywood to tropical hardwoods for the building’s finishes; all sourced from responsibly-managed forests. 

The video marks the building's formal FSC project certification and the culmination of a construction programme that has ensured that every piece of its timber is FSC certified. The certification ensures that wood comes from a responsibly-managed forest, is recycled, or comes from other controlled sources. It also guarantees a clear chain of custody from the forest to the sawmill, and ultimately to the project. 

The press release published on the topic by the FSC is available here and the video can be viewed here.