Portuguese company Carmo Wood was chosen for the construction of the Redbridge School, the tallest Portuguese building built mostly in wood.
“Located in Campo de Ourique, in Lisbon, and signed by architect Nunes Mateus, the building is essentially based on glued laminated wood (…), a highly technical product derived from wood, which Carmo Wood specializes in, and which has a high potential and efficiency when compared to other building materials, ”said a company statement.
For Carmo Wood “it is an honor to be able to place its nationally and internationally recognized expertise in the execution of a work that will certainly be a milestone in wood construction in Portugal,” says Jorge Milne and Carmo, the company's president.
According to the statement, “The Redbridge School building is divided into two basements, one ground floor and three raised floors, which constitute the Main Building, the latter and the upper floors being mostly wooden, while a of reinforced concrete elements structure all the accesses, extending also to the floor 0, all consisting of a reinforced concrete slab supported by elements of the same material, which support the massive bands (beams), which in turn ensure the structural transition to the wood structure ”.
The structure adopted, predominantly in CLT, honors the architectural vision of the building and the constraints inherent in its construction, and its demanding implementation is delivered to a Carmo Wood team composed, among others, by experts in calculating and optimizing elements based on CLT
“Consisting of small structural wood lamellas glued perpendicularly and forming self-supporting panels, the CLT [‘cross laminated timber’] It features impeccable seismic behavior as well as high durability and a competitive price. In addition, when compared to conventional building materials such as steel or concrete, CLT is lightweight and easy to assemble, which translates into reduced construction times, thus presenting itself as a material of enormous potential, still very high. little explored in construction in Portugal ”, explains Jorge Milne and Carmo.
Carmo Wood has established itself as a market leader in a number of countries and segments, exporting to over 40 countries with aggregate revenues of around 70 million and annual growth of around 20%.
Headquartered in Portugal, Lisbon, Carmo has four manufacturing units, all located in the national territory – Pegões, Almeirim and Oliveira de Frades – which produce for the more than 40 countries where it operates and will represent about 50% of its turnover.
In Spain and France, Carmo has its own companies with offices in Madrid, Algeciras (Spain) and Bordeaux (France).
The Carmo Group started its industrial activity in 1980, but its connection to the chemicals sector dates back to 1955, when Anglo Portuguesa de Produtos Químicos, SA, a pioneer in the development of industrial wood treatment, is founded. Mainland Portugal and the islands, or in Portuguese-speaking African countries as suppliers of chemicals and know-how.
Its industrial activity began with the production of autoclaved roundwood for agriculture, power lines and telecommunication, but soon expanded to products such as playgrounds, rustic and urban wood furniture and wooden decks.
More recently, engineering based on glued and solid laminated timber structures has extended Carmo's offering to homes, offices, large roof structures, bridges and an endless supply of wood solutions, winning different awards and distinctions in all. these areas.
Carmo Wood currently has about 400 direct and indirect workers.