Swiss timber construction specialist Blumer-Lehmann is shaping the future of building with wood.
Blumer-Lehmann develops, plans, produces and installs wooden buildings. One of its specialities is working on stunning freeform projects all over the world in the discipline of modern timber engineering. Signature projects such as the seven-storey headquarters of the publishing house Tamedia in Zurich, designed by Shigeru Ban, show the potential of large urban buildings.
The Blumer-Lehmann story began with a sawmill in Erlenhof, Switzerland, where wood is fully and sustainably processed. Any material that cannot be used for construction or industry application is pressed into pellets and briquettes. The rest is used to generate heat and electricity in the company's own biomass power plant.
Combining magnificent architecture with a timber construction created a unique space for the new Maggie's Cancer Centre in Manchester. Partnering with The Christie, a global leader in cancer treatment, the organisation has built a new care centre to create the best conditions for recovery for patients and their families.
To bring the vision to life, world-famous architect Foster + Partners worked with Sir Robert McAlpine as a general contractor. Blumer-Lehmann was responsible for the timber construction. It consists of 17 axes and is a filigree bearing structure. The final geometry, statics and planning have been carried out using BIM in consultation with the project team.
The surfaces of the spruce components are furniture quality, and the exterior and interior walls, roof and ceiling are made in a wood frame construction. The building is 100% prefabricated and was assembled by a team from the UK and Switzerland.