Bridport House is an innovative cross laminated timber (CLT) multi-storey social housing building in the London Borough of Hackney. The project was completed in September 2011 and achieved Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
Designed by Karakusevic Carson Architects, engineered by specialist timber engineers EURBAN, and built by main contractors, Willmott Dixon - Bridport House replaces an original 1950s building housing 21 flats with two new joined blocks, one eight storeys high and the other five storeys which will provide 41 new homes.
It is the first time that CLT has been specified in the UK for an entire multi-storey structure including the ground floor.
The material provided a solution to a problem posed by a Victorian storm sewer running directly beneath the building which dictated the limit of the load applied above and the complexity of the foundation design required to avoid this.
Also Hackney Homes required a certain density of housing on the site for the development to be feasible and the CLT frame provided the solution to this without adding to the cost to the foundation design.
Housing Design Award 2012: Best Resident Engagement Programme
Housing Design Award 2012: Best use of GLA Standards
2012 RIBA Awards shortlist
Timber Trade Journal Awards 2012: Achievement in Engineered Timber Award
Completion: Autumn 2011
Client: L B Hackney
Architects: Karakusevic Carson Architects
Main Contractor: Willmott Dixon
Timber Engineer & Specialist Contractor: Eurban
Structural Engineer: Peter Brett Associates
CLT Manufacturer: Stora Enso Building and Living