More than 10,000 linear metres of Finnforest ThermoWood will be used in a major residential development in Cambridge.

The Kaleidoscope housing project, being built by Crest Nicholson and comprising 400 apartments and houses, will feature the heat-treated timber as cladding, decking and brise-soleil blinds. The latter will feature the 150x150mm ThermoWood boards fixed vertically over cantilevered steel framing.

Site manager Russell Dawkins said that the material had been specified on durability and sustainability and that its use was on the project was still evolving.

“On one of the blocks all the ‘pop-out’ balconies are clad in ThermoWood and it’s also being used on a lot of walls, but the treatment is changing as we work through the site,” he said.

The timber, which is class 2 against decay under EN113, was supplied to Crest Nicholson by Riverside Building Supplies of Maldon, Essex, one of Finnforest’s network of merchant stockists.