Council Officials, including the Mayor from the city of Espoo in Finland, came to Hackney to visit McLaren’s first CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) building, the New Ickburgh School.

New Ickburgh is a Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties school, specifically designed to provide a diverse choice of teaching and specialist support for children with exceptional conditions, requiring highly skilled staff and facilities, with New Ickburgh being one of the few of its type at national level.

McLaren is constructing a new three storey, 5,145 sqm school using CLT (Cross Laminated Timber). This has not only provided our client, Hackney Schools for the Future (BSF), with programme savings but provides the most environmentally sustainable, low carbon building in the Borough. The carbon saving when compared to traditional methods of construction is equivalent to taking 130 cars off the road each year for the next 20 years.

The Espoo City Delegates were certainly inspired by what they saw and will have a much deeper understanding of what can be achieved with CLT on their own programme as a result of the visit. The city of Espoo plan to build 16 schools in the next 2-3 years and are looking to construct them in CLT. The city is the 2nd largest in Finland and is at the top of the league in Education Standards.

“We were delighted to be chosen by the Finnish delegates and took great pride in being able to host their knowledge gathering visit to see the construction of New Ickburgh School” – David Owen, Operations Director, McLaren Construction.

Espoo Council visit New Ickburgh site for CLT Tour