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Wooden buildings reach new heights

14 October 2011 Last updated at 07:18 BST

Soon, the first tenants will start moving into a new block of council flats in Hackney in north London.

Nothing remarkable about that except Bridport House is built of wood, and it is the largest timber-built apartment block in the world.

It is possibly the biggest timber building of any kind.

Not only that, but a few hundred metres away there is another timber-built block of flats, rather smaller overall, but even taller.

Soon high-rise buildings made of wood may replace many conventional concrete and steel structures, even in the UK, a country with few forests and no modern tradition of building in wood.

Nick Higham reports.