Construction has begun of the first building in the country to be made from an upgraded version of the centuries-old material of cob.The single-storey building on the University of Plymouth campus will act as a classroom and laboratory with researchers monitoring the performance of the new walling material, as well as demonstrating it to future building designers, contractors, housing associations and interested stakeholders.
The construction is the latest phase of the award-winning CobBauge project, being led by the University with partners in the UK, Ireland and France. These include Ecole Supérieure d'ingénieurs des Travaux de la Construction (ESITC), Parc naturel régional des Marais du Contentin et du Bessin (PnrMCB), Earth Building UK and Ireland (EBUKI), Université de Caen and Hudson Architects.
Principal Investigator Steve Goodhew, Professor of Environmental Building, in the School of Art, Design and Architecture, said:
“This is the start of an exciting new applied research phase for CobBauge, where we have an opportunity to put into practice the exciting findings from the laboratory. We will create a living lab and demonstration site that will become the centre of attention for a wide range of people – from construction professionals to built environment students.”