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Sand bags transform urban park for festival

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Environment UK Paul Mitchell SacksPaul Mitchell Sacks, a Truro based family business established in 1945, were very pleased to supply the Oculus Team in the creation of a temporary urban park for the London Festival of Architecture from 23rd June to 8th July 2012. Oculus is a temporary urban park, created in the style of an amphitheatre, where everybody can rest, recharge and play.

This involved some 7,150 military-grade sand bags, filled with screened recycled sand and reused afterwards by Camden Council.

Roz Barr, Director of Roz Bar Architects, who designed the project, said: “The idea of a paving of sand bags was a response to the brief of building a temporary space in the city.


Out of the Woods: Adventures of 13 Hardwood Chairs

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Environment UK American Hardwood Export CouncilThe American Hardwood Export Council teams up with the Royal College of Art to merge design with sustainability

The American Hardwood Export Council will collaborate with product design students at the Royal College of Art in London to produce and exhibit chairs during the London Design Festival.

Under the leadership of tutors Sebastian Wrong and Harry Richardson, the use of wood as a material and its Life Cycle impacts have been added to the Design Products curriculum and the students have been set the challenge of designing a functional chair or seat in an American hardwood of their choice. The designs will be developed in to working prototypes with the help of Benchmark, internationally renowned for its craftsmanship in wood and long-standing relationship with designer Terence Conran.


WWEM 2012 registration now open!

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Environment UK WWEM LogoVisitors to WWEM 2012 (Telford, UK, 7th/8th Nov) the Water Wastewater & Environmental Monitoring event, can now register for free at

Pre-registered visitors will receive free parking, refreshments and lunch, in addition to complimentary access to all Workshops and the International Exhibition. Non-registered visitors will be charged £20/day.

Two conferences (Laboratory and Process Monitoring) will take place during the event and will be repeated on both days – the cost for these will be £55 per day or £100 for both days.


Lonza Wood Protection to Attend 12th Carrefour Du Bois Tradeshow

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Environment UK Carrefour Du Bois Tradeshow Lonza Wood Protection will be exhibiting at the 12th Carrefour International Du Bois Tradeshow, the leading exhibition of its kind amongst European timber professionals in Nantes, France.

The event takes place between the 6 – 8 June atthe Beaujoire Exhibition Centre and is dedicated to promoting the use of our most natural and versatile construction material and offers the most extensive choice of timber-based products and solutions for those working in the industry within Europe.


Lonza Wood Protection to Present at Wood Marketing Federation ‘Wood for all Seasons’ Seminar

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Environment UK carbon house noncomLonza Wood Protection will be presenting at a forthcoming Wood Marketing Federation (WMF) seminar entitled ‘Wood for All Seasons’. The event, to be held at Farmleigh House, near Phoenix Park, in Dublin on Friday 11th May aims to explore the innovative use of wood and wood products mainly in external applications as part of the WMF’s wood promotion programme.

The WMF has invited a wide range of stakeholders, including specifiers, agricultural professionals, timber treatment companies, local authorities and governmental departments and university lecturers.