Main ContractorRFM Contractors
ArchitectWaugh Thistleton
LocationHackney, London
Dates2017 - 2018

The Brief

To design and build a commercial property that utilised the space of a challenging site.

The Results

An office that showcases the benefit of a hybrid structure. Orsman Road complements the surrounding area whilst fitting maximum space onto a tight site.

About The Building

Backing onto Regent’s Canal, the Orsman Road project uses a combination of cellular steel beams and steel columns, as well as CLT floor decks. This has helped achieve a wide, expansive office space and has given BBRE maximum usage from its site.

The Brief

Architects Waugh Thistleton designed the project using steel and CLT to achieve maximum floor to ceiling heights as well as helping to ensure rapid construction. The building will leave much of the CLT exposed, meaning the project uses high quality timber to achieve the best possible finish.

Solution & Results

Orsman Road is an excellent example of the benefits of hybrid structures. The site has attracted the attention of a number of architects, engineers and contractors thanks to its speed of erection and innovative use of materials.

Each floor of the 6-storey office block took around 1.5-2 weeks to erect with the central tower crane handling around 15 lifts a day on average. The entire structure has been constructed using a maximum of 6 erectors and an average of 4 plus a single crane operator.

Visitors to the project have noticed a considerable improvement on site conditions. Noise created by installation is almost non-existent thanks to the offsite manufactured pieces.

Despite 26 steel and 28 CLT deliveries, the Orsman Road site has caused minimal disruption to the local environment. With a canal at the rear and a road at the front, B&K Structures have had to precisely plan logistics. Deliveries are installed as close to arrival as possible and a JIT approach to construction has been adopted.


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