We’re happy to announce that our ground-breaking Dalston Lane project has been shortlisted for a prestigious RICS Award – regarded as the premier property and construction awards in the country.

Dalston Lane has been shortlisted in the Design through Innovation category in the London region – one of just six projects to make the grade in the capital. Dalston Lane is the only residential project to be shortlisted in the Innovation category.

The project stood out thanks to its use of CLT, which dramatically reduced the weight of the building and removed the need for piled foundations – essential in an area where Crossrail and HS2 tunnelling created to a challenging design issue. Dalston Lane is, at the time of writing, the world’s largest load bearing timber building.

The use of CLT not only reduced the weight of the building, it also had impressive sustainability benefits, reducing the building’s net carbon footprint to -2,600 tonnes of CO2: a vast improvement on the net footprint of an equivalent concrete-frame block (+2,000 tonnes). 

There were also 80 per cent fewer deliveries made to site during construction, and 60 per cent fewer tradespeople were required on-site, further reducing the building’s overall environmental impact.

The project has received widespread acclaim for demonstrating the benefits that CLT brings, namely fast, efficient delivery of large-scale housing projects in challenging locations. The building has garnered additional attention for its location in Hackney, where the local government's 'Timber First' policy has helped to establish the borough as the epicentre of the UK’s timber construction movement.

Our innovative CLT solution enabled architects Waugh Thistleton to get maximum value from the building's previously neglected brownfield plot, and the completed building houses 121 residences. With capacity for an additional 20 homes to be added in the future, the building has delivered a 35 per cent improvement on the number of homes that could have been built using traditional construction methods – at a fraction of the environmental impact.

The winners of the London RICS Awards will be announced at a prestigious ceremony held at the Royal Lancaster London on 16th May, 2018. To find out more about this project read our Dalston Lane case study - and get in touch to find out how CLT can offer an innovative solution for your project.

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Wayne Yeomans

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Wayne is Head of Sales & Marketing at B&K Structures. Wayne joined the business back in 2006 and, after a short hiatus with other organisations, rejoined in his current role in 2017.