caspar is an acronym for 'City-centre Apartments for Single People at Affordable Rents'. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation launched a limited competition asking five teams to produce designs and 'not to be exceeded' tender figures for a site in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham. The lba team, with contractor Kajima uk, submitted a proposal based on a timber-frame Volumetrics approach for four-storey flats over a concrete undercroft.
The system - economic even for the as few as 50 units on this project - offers factory-built techniques capable of further refinement in terms of cost and quality for larger applications.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
LBA: Stuart King, Jo Puller, David Levitt
BUILDING SERVICES ENGINEER
Robert Lombardelli Partnership
Kajima Engineering UK