• Birmingham Institute of Forest Research

Birmingham Institute of Forest Research

Project Details:

  • Project Name: Birmingham Institute of Forest Research
  • Client: University of Birmingham
  • Value: £10.4 million
  • Location: Norbury, Staffordshire

Project Description

The BIFoR project is a 10 year experiment to simulate the atmospheric conditions expected in 2070, investigating the effects of climate change on existing woodlands by building a Free-Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment (FACE) experiment site set in mature, unmanaged woodland. This is the first and only deciduous research facility in the world. Delivery of the project included the design, supply and installation of six CO2 FACE ring structures with canopy access incorporating 1,000m of pipework throughout the forest to distribute the CO2 through a network of 102, 25m high masts located in 30m diameter rings. The 52 acre site required unique logistical solutions. We delighted the client with cost and programme savings, conducted all activity within strict environmental and contamination restrictions, found exceptional solutions to impossible challenges and along the way made lasting and meaningful relationships across the project team.


"I worked closely with Shaylor Group on the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research project in Mill Haft, Staffordshire from June 2015 to February 2016. Despite our best pre-construction planning, the project had a life of its own due to the unpredictable nature of working within a mature woodland. We often needed to come up with immediate solutions to obstacles that had just been discovered, be they ground conditions, discovering wildlife or timing considerations. Shaylor Group’s knowledge of the project was flawless, and at any given time were able to answer queries and give guidance to any aspect of any activity. I respect their commitment to quality and the extremely high standards set for their on-site team, which they always delivered. Nothing would please me more than to be able to work with Shaylor Group again in the future.”

Dan Holmes, Project Surveyor - University of Birmingham Estates Department