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Cowan Court

Set on the fringes of the vibrant City of Cambridge, the Churchill College Campus is only a short distance away from the cities major attractions and is easily assessable by road or rail with good transport links to and from London, the Midlands and the North. It is one of 30 colleges that form the University of Cambridge which strives towards outstanding academic achievement.Churchill College was established by the Royal Charter in 1960 and is the National and Commonwealth Memorial to Sir Winston Churchill. More than 1,000 students and staff attend the Grade II listed college that is set across a 42-acre parkland campus. Cowan Court, named in honour of former student and Chair of the College’s Development Board Michael Cowan, forms part of the College’s 50th Anniversary fundraising appeal. The new building will provide accommodation for up to 68 students during term time, as well as quarters for conference delegates and separate bookings during the college holidays.Located adjacent to the main college and set within a conservation area, Cowan Court comprises three storeys of student bedrooms with a community room and is arranged around a square landscaped inner courtyard. Three of the rooms that form the new build are designed specifically for disabled students. 


Led by Bangor University and working with partners at Swansea and Aberystwyth Universities, the Sustainable Expansion of the Applied Coastal and Marine Sectors (SEACAMS), is an EU scheme, delivering research projects in marine science between businesses. It will provide business support amenities with facilities such as laboratories underpinned by an intellectual, technical and practical infrastructure, improving collaboration between researchers and businesses. Costing £23 million, the striking new Seacams Innovation Centre, located at the School of Ocean Sciences Campus, at Bangor University near Anglesey, is strategically situated to benefit from the rapid expansion of the offshore energy industry in the Irish Sea. By encouraging new business development and growth, the project aims to create more jobs in Wales in the marine research sector.

Scientia Academy

The X-LAM Alliance were commissioned via ENTRUST to build a school with the mission to improve the educational outcomes for all children and young people. In 2012 the county council put together a comprehensive plan of school expansion in the area of Staffordshire, this included changing Christchurch Infants into a primary school, building a new school for St Modwens Catholic Primary and the creation of Scientia Academy. The Scientia Academy was to be a brand new school, meeting the needs of the growing student population of the Burton on Trent area, built on the old Belvedere Park site. A hybrid structure was selected as the optimum design, using cross laminated timber (CLT) and structural steelwork to create flexible and open learning spaces.

Furness Academy, Barrow in Furness

Furness Academy has been hailed as a ground-breaking project - one of the largest educational facilities to be developed in the UK, using cross laminated timber (CLT), as the core structural component. From conception to completion, this evaluation incorporates input from all contributors, with the aim of demonstrating the successful collaboration of specialist organisations working together professionally and coherently at all levels to ensure the safe delivery of an outstanding project - on time and within budget.

Wellington Academy, Tidworth

By integrating four different materials on this project the X-LAM Alliance took hybrid structures to another level. The X-LAM Alliance were brought on board to fabricate the onsite boarding house and the academy roof itself after extending its product range to encompass Cross Laminated Timber and acoustic cassette floors. Giles Blight, Architect for BDP, who were employed by Kier, required a structure with the environmental benefits of sustainably sourced timber and the strength and integrity of steel, to be delivered on time and on budget. Combining all these attributes, the hybrid structure from the X-LAM Alliance was the ideal solution.


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