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The 45 flats are arranged in a three-, four- and five-storey crescent around an open courtyard. They were built by a method known as 'semivolumetric' timber-frame construction; the highly serviced parts of each flat - kitchen, bathroom and lobby - were prefabricated into selfsupporting units and craned into place on site.

Each flat has a private balcony, opening off the living room and overlooking the courtyard. Access galleries are on the other side.

External walls are clad with organic solvent pressuretreated timber shiplap boarding.

A terne-coated stainless steel sheet roof, supported on a series of 152 x 152mm universal beams, projects 1.5m over the walls to protect the timber cladding and give shade to the balconies. A series of Macalloy rods of 25mm diameter are suspended from the ends of the beams to support the balconies on one side and to tie the roof to the access gallery structure on the other side of the building.

Each living room leads out through a triple-glazed timber door to the balcony.

The 38 x 65mm timber deck rests on battens supported by a steel frame of 60 x 60mm RSAs and a 100 x 50mm RHS edge beam. The balcony structure is stabilised by a series of diagonal,48.3mm diameter CHS props fixed at the party walls . Each prop is framed with galvanised steel mesh to form a privacy screen.

A balustrade of 80 x 10mm steel balusters is bolted to the balcony edge beam.Predrilled cleats of 80 x 40mm are welded to the balusters to provide concealed fixings for seven 125 x 25mm treated timber rails. The balustrade is backed with galvanised steel 'anti-climb' mesh.

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