October 16, 2017

Lappeenranta looks to revolutionise construction

The goal of the project is to develop an entirely new way of building.
The goal of the project is to develop an entirely new way of building.
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The Finnish City of Lappeenranta has obtained 3.4 million euros in EU-funding to use for the development of a 3D-printable replacement material for concrete and a new kind of cityscape.

The so-called Urban Infra Revolution project is carried out by the City of Lappeenranta and the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), with support from significant Finnish industry partners.

Project advisors Eeva Pihlajaniemi (left) and Terhi Jantunen from the City of Lappeenranta

Project advisors Eeva Pihlajaniemi (left) and Terhi Jantunen from the City of Lappeenranta

City of Lappeenranta

The intention is to replace concrete in the construction industry with a sustainable and 3D-printable composite material, with unique features that would pave the way for completely new ways of building and design.

“This project will build Lappeenranta’s status as an internationally interesting partner,” says Kimmo Jarva, the Mayor of Lappeenranta. “The city has not previously been involved in a development project of this size that is directly funded by the EU.”

The total cost of the project is 4.2 million euros, of which the EU-funding covers 80 per cent and the rest is issued by the project partners, along with materialistic and other support.

The sustainable material will be developed by researchers from the interdisciplinary RE-SOURCE research platform at LUT, and will combine forest and mining industry side streams.

The project will commence in November and will continue until late 2020. Project partners include Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, Imatra Region Development Company (Kehy), Metsä Group, Apila Group, Outotec, Nordkalk, FIMAtec, UPM, Total Design and Design Reform.

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