International Timber recently teamed up with experiential accommodation constructor Armadilla to provide cladding for its brand-new product called the ‘Wave’, which was assembled on a customer’s site near Fort William in the northwest of Scotland.
This new product required cladding timber measuring six metres in length, and which could be curved and bent to create an organic wave-like shape that gives the product its name.
The structure was composed of Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPS) which were designed to be attached to a rib structure which in turn supports the Accoya cladding.
The project was not without its challenges, with initial difficulties in sourcing timber of sufficient length and several failed attempts when joining sections to create sufficient length.
However, International Timber was able to overcome these problems with the use of Accoya. What’s more, they contacted partner Accsys, who used its production facility in Belgium to create the bespoke six-metre lengths needed for the project.
Accoya was of particular interest to Armadilla, with its 50-year rot-free warranty and the huge sustainability benefits.
The project was completed in summer 2021 in time for the UK lifting of restrictions on travelling for holidays. Thanks to the boom in the staycation market over the last year, the five Waves built on the site have been almost fully booked since opening.
Archie Hunter, Managing Director from Armadilla said: “The support we received from the entire team at International Timber Grangemouth was incredible and has enabled us to develop a world-leading product. The Waves now sit about 40 metres from the A82 near Ballachulish and have become a landmark on the road with traffic slowing to admire the Waves looking out over the sea loch.
Kevin Anderton, Senior External Sales at International Timber, said: “It was great to do business with Amadilla’s who we have worked with for many years. The Wave is a great innovation from them, and we hope to provide Accoya for it for years to come. Accoya is a brilliantly flexible and versatile material which is great for project.”
To learn more about Accoya, visit internationaltimber.com/product/accoya/