Sansin Enviro-stains, exclusively available from Silva Timber, are rapidly growing in popularity in the UK. With over 75 colour tones and a host of benefits, this product range not only lasts longer than similar alternatives but also possesses the hard to find environmental credentials demanded by modern specifiers and self-builders. Although it is typically used to provide long-term protection and aesthetics to timber decking, cladding and fencing, Sansin is occasionally used on unique projects such as this one.
The University of Southampton Civil Engineering department held its first annual design competition for second year undergraduates, from which the winning design is built at full scale.
"This year, the students were asked to design a temporary structure for a given site within Southampton. The best overall design, as judged by industry experts that included Kier and Mott MacDonald, was to screen an existing unsightly footbridge and to create a celebratory gateway for pedestrians visiting the medieval walls."
Alastair McDonald, Director of Design Education
At 6 metres high, the impressive structure required a large quantity of high-quality eco-friendly wood stain to achieve a vibrant and attractive finish. Samples of 7 different Sansin Saturated and Ultra Saturated colour tones were tested before the ideal colour was found.
"We used Sansin SDF as its environmental credentials appealed to us. We selected the ultra saturated tone – Muskoka Red for its richness of colour."
The full-size structure was built at the new Boldrewood campus in the University of Southampton for the Faculty Design Show in June. It has attracted significant attention from industry visitors who attended and will remain up for this coming academic year.
For over 25 years, Sansin has pioneered the uses of environmentally friendly water-borne wood protection technologies that deliver outstanding performance. With a wide range of wood preparation and protection products, Sansin offers solutions for external and internal applications, designed to enhance the beauty of wood.
Several companies can claim to be 'green' and friendly to the environment, but Sansin truly lives and breathes their environmental practices, as important now as when Sansin first pioneered the water-based alkyd solution over 25 years ago.
Sansin's technology is inspired by a thousand year old tradition that uses nature's own ingredients - resins and gums from the heartwood of trees - to deliver sustainable protection.