Blackdale Student Residences – an award-winning case study

The latest addition to the University of East Anglia’s (UEA) campus is a development of 514 ensuite student residences, with 48 kitchens and ample dining and social spaces. The two 4-7 storey main buildings, Barton House and Hickling House, almost mirror one another with a central courtyard housing a cafe and laundrette.

The 514 rooms were constructed in only 62 weeks. The Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) superstructure was finished in only 17 weeks, with specialist solid wood supplier – KLH UK – operating a four-team, four-crane approach, that included the installation of 520 pre-manufactured bathroom pods.

The project was built to an extremely fast programme by embracing an innovative CLT frame, leveraging the latest digital technology and collaborating with academic partners at the forefront of timber research to deliver an efficient connection design. Utilising CLT construction was key in realising this fast-paced programme. At seven storeys tall, the project is one of the tallest CLT buildings in the world.

The design of a building can be critical to the well-being of its occupants. Much has been written about the impact construction can have on the environment but very little on the effect a building can have on its occupants. The influence building materials can have on the comfort and well-being of end users is an area where more research is required and even here, evidence is now emerging about the role CLT can play in enhancing and improving internal environments.

Trevor Price, Partner at LSI Architects who were involved in the project said:

“The Blackdale Student Residences development will join one of a number of our buildings that have been constructed using Cross Laminated Timber, not just because of its ability to greatly accelerate the construction process but also because of its credentials as a more sustainable method of construction. The timber panels capture and store carbon which helps the building achieve high standards of sustainability and offset carbon emissions.”

Nic Clark, Managing Director of KLH UK will be presenting a case study of this award-winning project at Solid Wood Solutions.

Nic will be joined at Solid Wood Solutions by an outstanding speaker line-up that includes: Kevin Flanagan – PLP Architecture, Kelly Harrison – Heyne Tillett Steel, David Lomax – Waugh Thistleton Architects, Jonathan Roynon – Buro Happold, John Spittle – Wiehag, Giancarlo Torpiano – Arup and Gavin White – Ramboll.

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