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Last edited 10 Mar 2017
Development House, Shoreditch
The new nine-storey structure, covering 8,000 sq. m, is intended to replace the existing Development House at Leonard Circus and when completed will be one of London’s tallest modern timber-framed buildings.
The building will utilise two types of engineered wood – glued laminated timber, or glulam as it is commonly known, which is made by layering and gluing multiple slices of wood together; and cross-laminated timber which involves arranging layers at right angles. Both have the advantage of being significantly stronger than regular timber.
The structure will be organised around a central core, and is divided into five quadrants. There will be a large ground level foyer as well as a series of vertical slices with sections of glazing around the perimeter offering light and ventilation. This will also allow passersby to see the timber floor plates through the windows.
Andrew Waugh said, “building in timber offers a number of advantages, including minimised time on site, and associated sound and waste disturbance. This translates to less impact on adjacent occupiers, street users and surrounding community.”
"This is a really exciting scheme that can transform one of the key development sites in Shoreditch by creating a truly iconic building," said Conrad Peberdy, director for property developer Ethical Property.
Renderings by ForbesMassie.
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