Stora Enso unveils new resource hub for architects and developers

STORA Enso has launched a new resource hub to support developers create more ‘attractive, productive and sustainable’ buildings.

The new hub includes fully interactive 3D models and technical specifications for eight different types of industrial buildings.

Stora Enso said that the new design tools incorporate a ‘high degree’ of pre-fabrication, allowing for ‘accelerated’ construction timelines and easy disassembly and reassembly.

It continued by explaining that wooden industrial buildings offer a way for developers to ‘rapidly’ respond to market dynamics whilst also improving sustainability.

Further to this, the firm cited the 2018 Pollinate Health Report which revealed that employee wellbeing and productivity rises by up to 13% and 8% respectively when working in wooden environments.

Sebastián Hernandez, R&D manager for building concepts at Stora Enso, commented, “Industrial buildings are at the nexus of a number of megatrends in the UK. On the one hand, we have the moral and policy imperative to decarbonise our building stock; on the other, we have the planned renaissance of British manufacturing and shift to online shopping increasing demand for these types of structures.

“Not only can wooden industrial buildings enable companies to respond to these trends, but by moving away from monotone grey sheet metal and concrete, they can allow us to create better working environments for UK employees and improve the increase the quality of retail and industrial parks up and down the country.”