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PEFC Helps International Timber ‘brew’ the ideal solution for Costa Coffee

International Timber and Jewson teamed up with local developer, Ascia Construction, to provide sustainable PEFC certified western red cedar for one of Costa Coffee’s latest drive-thru facilities.

Located at the Adanac Health and Innovation Campus in Southampton, the Costa Coffee drive-thru will provide at least 15 new jobs and serve those working and visiting the hospital site. The new coffee shop will also cater to University Hospital Southampton staff using the campus’ park and ride facilities at the beginning and end of their shifts.

John Packer, the Timber Development Manager at Jewson, was asked to secure the cedar cladding for this project.  Due to the complexity of the design and to ensure the visual aesthetic of the cladding, both John and the team at Ascia Construction decided western red cedar would provide the ideal solution – helping to minimise knots and to prioritise quality, durability and sustainability.

International Timber’s western red cedar is a favourite for both internal and external cladding due to its natural resistance to decay and insect attack, as well as being an excellent material for thermal insulation – keeping the building cool in summer and preventing heat from escaping in winter. 

With PEFC certification, the team at Ascia Construction could rest assured that the cedar used would be in line with Costa’s sustainability objectives. Each time John went on site he received comments on the fantastic quality of the cedar. The project was finished in April this year and it really is a superior build with quality materials and craftmanship.

The use of PEFC certified timber fits in with Costa’s commitment to responsible sourcing, recycling and reducing waste across its stores. The coffee giant recycles 4000 tons of coffee grounds for biofuel and its paper and packaging materials are also PEFC certified.