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He has led projects of all types, from multi-million pound new build developments to refurbishment of historic buildings. Gavin has designed in all mainstream construction materials, with particular expertise in timber, he leads Ramboll's pioneering work in timber engineering. He has managed and advised on the construction of over 50 timber buildings ranging from museums to conference centres. He has written papers and presented internationally on the subject.
Gavin also has responsibility for the Ramboll Schools Sector, coordinating and facilitating our activities across Ramboll UK. Gavin has worked on over 20 school projects of varying size and complexity and in 2014 was awarded the NCE/ACE Young Consultant of the Year.
Gavin joined Ramboll in 2002 and works in our building structures team. In 2015, Gavin became a Director and now leads our Cambridge Office.
Containing 3,800 cubic metres of timber, the William Perkin High School is the largest cross laminated timber building in the UK.
At more than three times the size of its nearest rival, also engineered by Ramboll, the new-build Open Academy in Norwich was the largest cross-laminated timber panel structure in the country on completion. It uses more than 3,600 cu m of timber, is three storeys high and provides 9,500 sq m of open, flexible school accommodation.
Our experience and expertise with cross-laminated timber panel constructed led to our being specifically requested by the contractor for the timber engineering work. We used 3D integrated structural modelling software to co-ordinate the structural design with the M&E design concept at an early stage, which enabled an efficient and elegant solution to the integration of the two.
Among the advantages of using cross-laminated timber construction is the considerable savings it brings in carbon dioxide emissions. For this project, the technique saved an estimated 2,900 tonnes of CO2 when compared with an equivalent building frame in steel or concrete. This is roughly equivalent to 8.3 million car miles. A further advantage is the reduction in site waste - reduced to just two skips from the the Open Academy superstructure.
Erection of the superstructure commenced in June 2009 and took just 16 weeks, providing programme savings 14-18 weeks - another advantage for both contractor and client.