Sylva Wood Centre grows from the ashes

posted on December 12, 2014

Following weeks of demolition and clearance, work on rebuilding the first of our structures at the Sylva Wood Centre is finally underway. Today the first roof panel was installed at Building No1.

Building1 roof 12Dec2014

Building1 roof 12Dec2014

This first building – an old potato store – will house four or five small medium enterprises working in wood. A large area is dedicated as a Teaching Workshop, and up to eight small units are being offered as incubation workshops aiming to help new wood businesses establish successfully.

We welcome expressions of interest, particularly from fledgling wood-based businesses.

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5 Comments

  1. It always seems a shame that a greenwood centre isnt building in green wood or timber frames; just a thought as I realise that the large sheds you are building may not be possible as timber frames ?

    Comment by jb — December 12, 2014 @ 11:09 am

  2. Er, why isn’t it built from …wood?
    Seems a bit odd, as the whole thing about Silva is the trees.

    Comment by Francis Clark — December 21, 2014 @ 12:34 pm

  3. The start of something very special.

    Looking forward to working with Sylva to make it a dynamic centre to develop, celebrate and educate all those who value trees, British Forestry and homegrown timber…

    Grown in Britain
    Creating a sustainable future for our woodlands and forests

    Comment by Dougal Driver — December 22, 2014 @ 9:46 am

  4. I am wondering why the building is not being made of wood. that seems to be the whole reason for the project – to use British timber. Was my last comment, along the similar lines, removed?

    Comment by Francis Clark — January 9, 2015 @ 11:11 am

  5. Good question. We are converting an existing old potato store in this first phase, consisting of a large steel frame clad (in good condition) in asbestos materials. The materials used in this renovation provided the most cost-effective and energy-efficient options to us on a limited budget. This is the first building among several that we could potentially renovate, whilst others are in a less-good condition, lending themselves to rebuilding using new materials. We hope to have some exciting news on that front in the near future.

    Comment by Gabriel Hemery — March 3, 2015 @ 2:57 pm

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