Construction of a 121-unit residential block has started construction in Hackney, north-east London. When completed will be the largest cross laminated timber (CLT) in the world.
According to construction-manager.co.uk, the building was designed by Waugh Thistleton Architects for property developer Regal Homes. With 16,000 sq m development, the building includes 3,460 sq m of office space and has a timber structure. The 10-storey building will use 3,852 cu m of CLT, more than has been used on any other project in the world, says the website mentioned above.
“We believe that by volume of CLT used it will be the largest building in the world,” says Dave Lomax, project architect at Waugh Thistleton, quoted by construction-manager.co.uk.
Lomax believes that the project demonstrates how timber can be used to construct large buildings. He is keen for CLT to be considered by other architects and contractors when building large residential projects. “Our aspiration is that in the future, building with CLT will not be seen as an odd thing to do,” he says.
The building is also set to become the tallest building in the world with a CLT structure, rising 0.5m taller than the Forté residential building in Melbourne, Australia. However, the building will not be as tall as the 14-storey glulam and CLT hybrid structure in Bergen, Norway, which started on site last year and claims to be the world’s tallest wooden apartment block.