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Timbmet Success with New Learning Centre


The new £3 million Bramall Learning Centre at RHS Garden Harlow Carr stands out as a resplendent two-storey structure, surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens. The Centre has exemplary environmental credentials and as part of the theme of environmental sustainability, Timbmet was commissioned by joinery contractor, Dalton Joinery to source and supply FSC European Oak worktops for the interior of the new Blundell Library, which forms part of the construction. The specification called for timber that complemented the other sustainable materials used in the build process. FSC European Oak is a solid wood that does not deteriorate with age, rather it matures and improves to give a richer, deeper colour. Being solid, any surface damage in future to the worktops can be repaired simply and quickly.

Since it was opened in Summer 2010, the Centre has achieved its design aim to be amongst the most sustainable buildings in the country, achieving an excellent carbon zero BREEAM rating, proving its green credentials. According to David Dalton of the the consistent dedication to its responsible business commitment to pursue the principles of sustainable development in its operations. “Dealing with Timbmet is always easy due to their professionalism, knowledge and helpfulness,” he commented. “The Timbmet business manager sourced the exact products we required for this high profile and very meticulous project.”

The result is a visually stunning interior, with the worktops complementing the quality of the rest of the building, the entire fabric of which has been constructed primarily from natural and unprocessed materials. Head of RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Liz Thwaites is understandably proud of the sustainable achievement, commenting: “We are absolutely thrilled with the opening of the Bramell Learning Centre in Harlow's 60th year. Its creation is a tremendous achievement for all those involved.”

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