Vernon Square, London

Type and size of project

A 66 bed student accommodation project split over 3 blocks. A single storey of timber frame built off a single storey concrete podium with a green roof. The 2nd and 3rd blocks were made up of 3 storeys of timber frame on a two storey concrete podium and a 5 storey timber frame off a 2 storey concrete podium.

This site was based right on the edge of the congestion zone in London. The project was undertaken whilst the students were still attending classes as the college had to remain open during the new build. Due to the restricted nature of the site, the floors had to be craned over an existing building. To achieve the aggressive build program, weekend work was required.

Construction on site started in April 2009 and the third and final block was completed within 11 weeks.

Key Facts

As the project is on the edge of the congestion zone area in London access was very tight, so scheduled deliveries and transport management was key to the success of this project.

Timber Frame was built off a concrete transfer structure, blocks 1 and 2 were loose joist, lifted over an existing building utilising 2 way radio-control as the crane operator was working blind.

Walls were standard open panel timber frame, and the roof was designed using floor cassettes with firring pieces and 18mm WBP plywood. The roof to Block 1 was a green roof. Bathroom Pods were loaded in during the timber frame erection.

Homes For Scotland Home Builders Federation National House-Building Council Royal Institute of British Architects Structural Timber Association Constructionline British Board of Agrement Wood Campus Build Off Site Building Research Establishment WOOD FOR GOOD

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