A team of students from Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) helped to complete a world-first construction project during a month-long placement in China supported by the Turing Scheme.
The first bamboo-timber composite grid shell structure of its kind was built in Guangxi with the help of 13 students from Edinburgh Napier’s School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment, working alongside counterparts from Guangxi University of Science and Technology and Inner Mongolia University of Science and Technology.
Project lead Professor Johnson Zhang, from Edinburgh Napier’s School of Computing, Engineering & the Built Environment, said: “This project showcased the pioneering research in bio-based construction at Edinburgh Napier University.
“It also serves as a testament to the immense potential of innovative sustainable construction technology in shaping a better future for the greener built environment we are creating.
“It was a privilege working with our Team BE-Napier and other two partner university student groups, together we formed a professional, dedicated and creative team. I enjoyed every moment of working with them.”
The project was shortlisted in the Youth Champion category of the 2023 Holyrood Climate Action Awards. The team are also in talks with Guinness World Records about establishing a record for the construction.
Read more about the project here.