Brian Graham and Frances Brown
Zero-carbon, nature-led solution to build back better.
An exemplar of timber construction innovation.
A timber storage yard and a printworks in past lives, this SE1 site is the focus of an ambitious, landmark project. Full of firsts, it’s a true demonstration of how nature-based solutions in building construction make for a healthy response to climate emergency and net zero carbon targets. Long-lasting, adaptable, vibrant and inspirational workspaces are skilfully sewn into the rich seams of a creative community; Timber Square will be a milestone physical manifesto for the future.
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Timber Square has the resilient infrastructure, meaning the client is free to focus on expressing their brand and culture through their space and using their office to drive collaboration, learning and innovation.
With carbon considered at every stage, the project embraced a timber CLT, as carbon remains sequestered in wood rather than being emitted by steel/cement. Sustainability focused on gaining the best outcome for embodied carbon and undertook whole life carbon assessments, while Fire Engineering and Acoustics collaborated on solutions for implementing CLT, including a full-scale mock-up fire test in France to obtain valuable data and demonstrate how CLT responds under fire conditions.
Embracing a fundamentally different approach to design, every decision was informed by the impact on energy and carbon.