The UK's tallest hybrid cross laminated timber (CLT) structure, providing 50 homes over 10 storeys on a unique cruciform plan.
Something a Little Bit Different
Having achieved planning consent for the site with a previous client we were approached by Regal Homes. Our brief: to maximise value by creating something a little bit different. A unique building of 50 apartments with good daylight, great views and generous terraces.
Clever geometries have been used to give every apartment a unique identity. A cruciform plan creates four courtyards with direct visual connections to the city and dual or even triple aspect apartments. By twisting the form from floor to floor we have been able to create generous terraces with oblique views along Wenlock Basin, and morning and evening sun into all apartments. The unusual form also helps reduce residents’ awareness of their neighbours, and gives the building a more dynamic appearance from the street.
“By rotating the floors at different degrees, and ensuring that every apartment benefits from being dual aspect, this collection of apartments will be one of the most sought after destinations in the city.”
Innovation and Construction
The building is a solid cross-laminated timber structure, manufactured off-site, it uses steel reinforcement where necessary, and is one of the tallest of its kind in Europe. The innovative CLT hybrid structural strategy, developed by timber and steel specialist B+K Structures, proved the most efficient and sustainable way to achieve the unique 10-storey building.
The cross laminated elevations are clad in slatted western red cedar, whilst along the Wenlock Road elevation, a dark brick screen completes the street elevation, also forming the edge of the conservation area.
Innovative design creates more space than a conventional scheme