Wooden extension for Probation Hostel
         

The proposal

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Description: How to build your own city

The ‘how to grown your own city’ idea emerged after it became apparent that I could provide the
community a chance to create hands on involvement in reshaping the local area during a period of
significant redevelopment. Using the new construction technology of Cross Laminated Timber, the
scheme serves as a catalyst for urban regeneration and economic growth within the current
housing crisis.

The scheme aims to demonstrate the potential of CLT, showcasing its use on three different
scales. All modules would be constructed within an assembly plant assembled onsite which itself is
capable of transforming into a multi-purpose community hall after the desired amount of modules
have been constructed. The story of this process is therefore never finished, as the assembly plant
could be built in any location allowing for a variety of interesting arrangements on different sites.

LSBU Urban Wood 
project

The building now

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Building location

Address: Land adjacent to 69-105 Chartridge house, Arklow, Bradenham and Ellison House
Probation Hostel
370 Albany Road
Southwark
London SE5 0AJ

Architectural design and details

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Proposed intervention

The proposal scheme aims to developing the existing fabric of the site lightly by changing only the necessary. The geometry of the existing structures presented themselves as an opportunity to create an interesting intervention that would improve the nature of the site in its current deteriorating condition.

Concept models

Wooden extension for Probation Hostel 
 

1/20 model

To help understand what effects the structure and lighting conditions had on the assemply / multi-purpose space, a large scale model which would allow to make decisions based on the outcomes was constructed. Previously the roof grid conformed to the 5m structural grid system below, however it became apparent that the purlins could be placed futher apart without affecting the structural integrity of the plant. This provides for a faster construction time, saves wasting materials, and gives the roof its own independence from the rest of the structure whilst still being connected to it.

Timber slats are hung onto the facade of the hall and are made from red western cedar, due to the materials impermeable qualities. The spacing of slats are kept tight to created a filtered effect of light that glows through whilst acting as a solar shading device. During evening events, this lighting effect is reversed, whereby the interior light glows through and creates an inviting atmosphere within the scheme.


 

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The designer: Terry Thackeray

Terry Thackeray23 years old, Born in Barking, is currently studying MArch at the university of South Bank as a part time student. He has worked at Form Architecture who are based in Romford for 2 years and will continue to work there until he completes the course.