BIM at the heart of UK’s largest timber building

Building Information Modelling has been cited as an integral part of the construction of the UK’s largest timber building.

Taking just four months to build, William Perkin High School in Greenford, West London is made of 3,800 cubic metres of Austrian timber panels weighing in at a whopping 1,700 tonnes.


The secondary school, which had the final external building work completed last month, won the BIM Project of the Year award at the Constructing Excellence Awards last year.


Partners working on the build include consulting engineering firm Ramboll, architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and contractor Kier Construction.


Speaking on Sourceable, Ramboll’s Gavin White spoke of the project’s use of BIM. He said:


“M&E and CLT structure were used as an integrated BIM model to aid design and perform clash detection. This highlighted a number of issues that would have not been obvious otherwise, and definitely helped with on-site co-ordination of the scheme.”


The fast-tracking of the project was aided by early creative participation from the subcontractor KLH UK, as their expertise meant it was less likely for problems they had knowledge of to occur.


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