Curtain Place, Shoreditch
Project: Curtain Place, Shoreditch
Company: B & K Structures
Sector: Commercial and Residential
Technology: CLT & Glulam
Curtain Place, a mixed used commercial and residential scheme located in Shoreditch, East London, is a ground-breaking project in terms of height and mass. This six-story build is divided into three floors of office space and three of residential units, providing an outstanding example of how cross laminated timber (CLT) is being used in a growing number of structures.
The X-LAM Alliance was appointed by Gold Section Homes LLP, to fill a courtyard with new mixed use structure and as the project is located in an urban area, it was imperative to ensure that the CLT utilised the space effectively.
The first three floors consist of office space, where CLT panels used for the floors, lift shaft and stairs combined with steel columns and beams. The floor plates supported on Westok beams, this enables a simpler integration of services throughout creating an open plan office environment.
The cross laminated timber was left visible in many areas of the office space, creating a warm and welcoming environment.
Stepped back above the office space are nine, two and three bedroom units, all serviced by a separate lift shaft and staircase to the office space - the residential section of the structure took a slightly different form. The apartments incorporate a pure cross laminated timber frame designed in a more cellular layout than the office accommodation. All apartments have access to a shared terrace with views across the East London skyline. The build also boasts a green roof above the office space, incorporating wildlife and improving the biodiversity of the area
Outcome / results / success factor
The use of BIM technology provided seamless integration between the steel and CLT components. The integration of different structural forms of steel and cross laminated timber is a pioneering achievement and the first time the specialist contractor has integrated different core structural solutions on different storeys.
Onsite activities were significantly reduced by painting the steel with intumescent paint offsite in order to protect the exposed steel in the office area. The use of cross laminated timber also offers ease of fixings for following on trades, which was of particular advantage for the residential section of the build.
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