The Music and Sports complex was for many years the largest example of a cross-laminated solid timber prefabricated building for schools realised in the UK.
Cross-laminated timber was selected for the superstructure in preference to a steel frame based on improved on-site erection periods, sustainability, omission of wet trades, factory quality finishes and the good health connotations of using timber. The solid timber system offered structure and internal finish in one sustainable, economic package.
In order to provide the necessary acoustic separation, the music building comprises several free-standing structures; this proved to be a more economic solution than providing a single structure with acoustic linings.
The music suite control rooms are housed in a basement featuring waterproof concrete construction. The whole building is sited on a reinforced earth plinth: this offered better value than traditional reinforced concrete retaining walls.
Client: London Borough of Southwark
Architect: de Rijke Marsh Morgan
Project Value: £4.5M
Images 7-10 courtesy of dRMM