Green Deal: An incentive to use wood in construction
Photo: Publicity materials of IKTK
The products of SIA IKTK. a pioneering manufacturer of large glued laminated timber (glulam) structures in Latvia (such as bridges, open stages, ice arenas, charging and fuel stations), can also be found abroad. The group of companies combines the design, productiona and installation of these structures under a single brand, ZAZA TIMBER.
‘Using wood for construction solutions has been very popular abroad, and in Latvia, we’re taking our first important steps for the more extensive use of this material,’ SIA IKTK board chairman Māris Peilāns emphasised. The company has produced and installed pedestrian, ski and road bridges. ‘Our first project was an 87 m long pedestrian bridge in Tērvete, followed by a few smaller bridges using large folded laminated wood structures in Latvia, Norway and Spain,’ M. Peilāns said.
He mentioned a very important project for the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, as part of which they made a bridge (40 m long and 9.5 m wide) across a mountain river for a road connecting Oslo and Bergen. There have been orders for smaller bridges, including a pedestrian bridge in Oslo and a skiing bridge in Beitostølen, Norway. IKTK has also produced laminated wooden structures for two 60 m long pedestrian bridges in Navarra, Spain.