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News: 2 December 2020

Timber Square receives planning permission

We are pleased to announce that Timber Square has received planning permission from Southwark Council. Designed with Bennetts for our client Landsec, the project is a large-scale commercial redevelopment which will provide over 430,00 sqft of high-quality commercial accommodation split over two distinct buildings: the Ink Building and the Print Building. 

Commenting on the scheme, HTS director Tom Watson said: 

'At Timber Square we developed an ambitious structural design which focuses on what we consider should be the key principles for future commercial developments: sustainability, adaptability and offsite construction. Retention of the existing building was central to our approach – working with and celebrating its quirky nature rather than demolishing it and rebuilding. We have proposed a hybrid CLT and steel frame, which benefits from the long spans and service integration you get with a steel frame, as well as the greatly reduced piece count and low embodied carbon from using large timber panels. The design team has rigorously measured and reported the changes to embodied carbon alongside cost & programme implications at each stage. We believe Timber Square will deliver a sustainable model for future office developments across the industry.'

Nils Rage, sustainable design and innovation manager, Landsec said:

‘Embodied carbon reduction was a fundamental design consideration from the outset of the project, with minimising embodied carbon a key driver in the structural design. HTS were instrumental in the retention of much of the existing structure, and were paramount in making the case for the use of Cross-Laminated Timber as key construction material. This was a complete game-changer for us to unlock an exceptionally low embodied carbon structural design.

The result is a design that embodies our vision for sustainable development and our pathway to net-zero carbon construction.’



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