Ramboll. Dalston Works. Image: Daniel Shearing.
Designed by Ramboll and Waugh Thistleton Architects on behalf of developer Regal London, Dalston Works is located on a prominent corner site previously occupied by industrial buildings. At ten storeys, the building is higher than was thought possible, due to structural restrictions posed by a nearby planned Crossrail route. Through the use of timber for the external walls, party walls, floors, ceilings, stairs and lift cores, Dalston Works weighs merely a fifth of a comparable concrete structure, warranting the viability of the scheme in the site context.
Dalston Works comprises of 121 apartments for rent alongside two ground level courtyards flanked by 1500m2 of retail and restaurant space. To the south of the site a 3500 m2 flexible workspace hub caters to the growing creative community in Dalston.
Gavin White, Director and CLT expert at Ramboll, said:
“Dalston Works is a real landmark project, and a testament to the versatility of CLT. It showcases what can be achieved when a forward thinking client enables you to demonstrate the benefits of offsite construction methods. It has been exciting to work with a team who are as passionate about the benefits of offsite construction as we are, and we look forward to seeing many more such schemes emerge across the UK. The height and size of Dalston Works, and its excellent performance in terms of sustainability and efficiency, demonstrate what can be achieved with this dynamic material.”
Andrew Waugh, of Waugh Thistleton Architects said:
“Dalston Works reveals the future of low carbon construction. Our building offers an exemplar solution to a demand which will only increase: the construction of high density, affordable and environmentally sustainable homes. Dalston Works demonstrates the possibilities of engineered, cross-laminated timber as a cost efficient, and desperately necessary, viable alternative to the polluting technologies of concrete and steel. The collaborative effort between our progressive client and passionately innovative design team has resulted in something truly special: Dalston Works sets a seminal precedent for the continuous innovation of engineered timber construction.”
The sustainability credentials of the building are significant with approximately 50 percent reduction in the embodied carbon of the structure compared to a traditional concrete frame building. The timber also acts as carbon storage with over 2,600 tonnes of C02 locked into the material. This effectively makes the building carbon negative for the first years of its usage.
Using offsite construction shortened the construction programme allowing the frame to be completed in 374 days; while 80% fewer site deliveries reduced disruption, lowering the impact of the development on local residents and the environment.
Dalston Works is the largest Cross Laminated Timber project globally. Weighing just one fifth of a comparable concrete structure, it accommodates 10 storeys above a planned Crossrail route.