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First look at record-breaking cross-laminated timber building

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Hawkins\Brown has released these shots of what its claims is ‘Europe’s tallest cross-laminated timber building’

The recently completed £10.5 million timber housing scheme in Hackney, east London is 33m-tall and features a timber-steel hybrid structure.

The ten storey, 6,750m2 building includes 49 homes alongside 1,190m2 of ground floor office space and has a cruciform-shaped plan which creates four outward-facing courtyards.

Alex Smith, associate at Hawkins\Brown, said: ‘The Cube breaks new ground and demonstrates the great potential of cross-laminated timber as a material that enables rapid construction with a reduced environmental impact. 

‘The cruciform layout of the development is an important factor in the quality of the apartments – homes with three external walls have great access to natural light and can be properly cross-ventilated, making them more comfortable during hot weather. It also creates wonderful views, which we have maximised by ensuring each apartment has a decent-sized balcony or terrace.’


Project data

Location 17-21 Wenlock Road, Hackney, London N1 7SL
Type of project residential and commercial
Client Regal Homes
Architect Hawkins\Brown
Planning consultant Signet Planning
Structural engineer Engenuiti (timber and steel) and Pringuer James Consulting Engineers (concrete)
M&E consultant Spencer Mayes
Quantity surveyor Regal Homes
Main contractor Regal Homes
Start on site date March 2013
Completion date May 2015
Contract duration 2 years 2 months
Gross internal floor area 6,750m2
Form of contract and/or procurement Design and Build
Total cost £10.5 million

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