London’s first timber skyscraper plan put to Mayor

Aaron Morby 6 years ago
Share

London’s first timber skyscraper came a step closer to reality this week after researchers presented Mayor of London Boris Johnson with conceptual plans for an 80-storey building.

Slender "tooth-pick" like structure could rise to 80-storeys say engineers
Slender "tooth-pick" like structure could rise to 80-storeys say engineers

Researchers from Cambridge University have teamed up with engineers and architects to work up plans for a 300m high wooden building integrated within the Barbican.

At present, the world’s tallest timber building is a 14-storey apartment block in Bergen, Norway.

The proposal presented to the Mayor by Cambridge University working with PLP Architecture and engineers Smith and Wallwork pushes the boundaries to envisage a structure that could be the second tallest building in London after The Shard.

Simon Smith of Smith and Wallwork engineers said: “Timber is our only renewable construction material and in its modern engineered form it can work alongside steel and concrete to extend and regenerate our cities. It is only a matter of time until the first timber skyscraper is built”.

Dr Michael Ramage, Director of Cambridge’s Centre for Natural Material Innovation, said: “We’ve designed the architecture and engineering and demonstrated it will stand, but this is at a scale no one has attempted to build before.

“We are developing a new understanding of primary challenges in structure and construction. There is a lot of work ahead, but we are confident of meeting all the challenges before us.”

 The biggest concern for a timber frame building of such scale is fire, but the team said the proposed building would eventually meet or exceed every existing fire regulation currently in place for steel and concrete buildings.

The research team point to potential benefits, such as reduced costs and improved construction timescales and significant reduction in the overall weight of buildings.

The conceptual proposals currently being developed would create over 1,000 new residential units in a 1 million sq ft mixed-use tower and mid-rise terraces in central London, integrated within the Barbican.

Dr Ramage said: “The Barbican was designed in the middle of the last century to bring residential living into the city of London – and it was successful.

“We’ve put our proposals on the Barbican as a way to imagine what the future of construction could look like in the 21st century.”

Timber skyscraper plan

Latest news

Keltbray gets start date for £50m motorway upgrade

Contractor hails "significant step forward" for highways business
11 hours ago

Site workers settle for 5% pay increase

Contractors and unions agree one-year deal following months of talks
1 day ago

Rising wages and skills gap to overshadow materials issues

Materials and product Inflation tops 20% so far this year, but labour set to be next big headache
15 hours ago

Erith pays £2.8m bonus to staff after ownership switch

Around 450 staff have on average received over £6,000 since move to employee ownership five years ago
16 hours ago

Algeco lands £19.2m Leeds modular school scheme

Offsite specialist will supply and install 192 steel frame modules
16 hours ago

Eight firms placed on £750m Midlands and Eastern framework

Next generation framework for jobs up to £7.5m employs a parallel plotting structure
16 hours ago

Aston Villa unveil plans for £100m stadium expansion

Construction set to start next year on first phase of Villa Park upgrade
15 hours ago

Skanska bans ‘swing-up’ lorry loaders after site death

Banned vehicles are used mainly to deliver bulky items like cabins and welfare units
1 day ago

HS2 agrees £78m variation on Euston tunnels cost

Skanska Costain Strabag seals extra payment for agreed changes to the scope of work
2 days ago

B&K breaks ground at £150m Newcastle HMRC job

Work gets underway on city's largest ever office project
2 days ago

New building safety laws come into force today

Leaseholders protected and new regulator for construction product manufacturers in wake of Grenfell
2 days ago

Peel submits plan for £150m cannabis production plant

Isle of Man seeks to become a leader in the emerging medicinal cannabis sector.
2 days ago

Tarmac buys first electric concrete mixer truck

Country's first battery powered mixer truck will start site deliveries this Autumn
2 days ago

Tilbury Douglas wins Dorset hospital upgrade

Construction could start in 2024 after Dorset County Hospital secures £77.3m of funding
2 days ago

McGee in £2.4m provision for bid-rigging probe

Demolition contractor says provision will cover the expected fine over cover pricing ring
3 days ago

First designs for £275m HS2 Midlands nerve centre

Contractor due to be named in Autumn next year for Washwood Heath hub
3 days ago

London Bankside Yards next project switches from resi to offices

Revised plan submitted for 18-storey office next to Blackfriars Bridge
3 days ago

Plans in for Cambridge North major mixed-use scheme

Over 400 homes and nearly 600,000 sq ft of office and shops planned for railway sidings site
3 days ago

Barratt falls foul of planners on £25m estate

Council acts after residents complain about construction deliveries
3 days ago

VolkerHighways and WJ Group shot blast roads with steel

Latest retexturing technique provides benefits all round
3 days ago

Ten demolition firms named in cartel probe

Biggest names in demolition face massive fines over "unacceptable" behaviour on 19 contracts worth over £150m
6 days ago

Imtech vows to avoid big resi jobs after return to profit

Engineering services arm puts trio of loss-making residential jobs behind it
6 days ago

Sisk replaces Morgan Sindall on £1bn Midlands Highways Alliance

Four firms secure places in Midlands framework renewal race
7 days ago

Winvic wins Bristol Redcliff Quarter 468 flats job

Grainger buys planned build to rent project and brings in Winvic to start this Autumn
6 days ago

Peel takes on Wirral Waters after Urban Splash modular collapse

Developer is reviewing whether to return to traditional build methods after modular specialist collapse
6 days ago

Kier launches £80m JV to build 2,000 homes by 2027

Property arm JV with Lloyds fund to develop housing on urban brownfield sites
1 week ago

Mace chief Reynolds replaces Mitchell at CLC

Mark Reynold takes over as co-chair of the Construction Leadership Council
6 days ago

Cost inflation forces bid rethink for £200m M5 junction 10

ECI simplified and amendments made to reflect rising construction costs
7 days ago

Wages among key trades keep pace with cost of living rise

Self employed plasterers, plumbers, roofers and scaffolders enjoy wage rises ahead of annual inflation rate
7 days ago

Midgard drives recovery at JRL Group

Revenue tops £600m again at diversified contractor
1 week ago

Contractor services