Lappeenranta looks to revolutionise construction
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 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.