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“The benefits of timber in the commercial refurbishment sector, such as lightweight construction, speed on site, wellness credentials for workers and users, and aesthetic appearance, is ten-fold.�

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n the UK, most timber-framed buildings are in the residential, educational or public sectors. However, timber can offer an array of solutions for commercial clients.

Timber is a great choice for office refurbishment. Compared to steel and concrete, its lightweight properties are perfect for the addition of storeys to existing buildings, reducing the potential strengthening required to the existing structure and its foundations.

Office refurbishment At 10 Lower James Street, a dramatic double-height mansard extension is constructed solely in cross-laminated timber (CLT). With the demolition of the previous plant room, the use of CLT actually reduced the load on the existing listed 1930s building. An innovative concealed moment connection creates a seamless timber internal space.

10 Lower James Street. Photo: Tony MacLean, Image Works

Roof extensions such as these are common in London, but more often than not steel and lightweight metal deck solutions are preferred construction methods. Developers and insurers are sceptical of using timber frame, quoting often unfounded concerns such as design life, fire and cost. Much literature exists to dispel these concerns and there are many case studies to support the use of timber in commercial projects. As design detailing evolves for this still relatively new approach, even greater confidence will be provided that design life can match that of conventional construction methods. >> www.trada.co.uk

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Timber 2019 Industry Yearbook  

The annual publication of the Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA) includes topical and technical features on all aspects of...

Timber 2019 Industry Yearbook  

The annual publication of the Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA) includes topical and technical features on all aspects of...

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