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Plans Released for Stone Structure in London

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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More plans have been released detailing the proposal of a load-bearing stone structure in London’s Hampstead neighborhood.

The Proposal

The 10-story mixed-used and luxury apartment building was approved by Camden Council last October, despite a slew of dismayed residents.

The Hampstead Highgate Express reported last year that the council gave Linea Homes Ltd. the go-ahead after 20 objections were submitted by residents, who fought against the design on the basis that it didn’t mesh with the aesthetic of the neighborhood. Many also complained the structure would house only two affordable apartments.

“Ten stories is excessive for an area of predominantly five-story buildings,” James Earl, chair of the Fortune Green and West Hampstead neighborhood development forum, said at the time. “The design was ugly. It’s a blot on the landscape.”

Residents in favor of the building, however, maintained that the lower-level commercial space would be good for the community.

That lower level will also be accompanied by a new footpath that will connect the development to public transit and a popular roadway.

The Design

While community members argued that the new design didn’t represent their neighborhood, partially because of the style and height of the structure, the United Kingdom’s Architects’ Journal reports that the building was limited to 10 stories so as to not be overly visible to adjoining residential streets.

The public space at ground level will include single-piece columns, exposed soffit timber and concrete composite floor plates.

The design boasts a self-finished stone structure that will not have reinforcement.

“[The building] will be the first 10-story, loadbearing self-finished stone structure without the need of stainless steel reinforcing threads or secondary structure, since the last stone cathedrals were erected,” said Amin Taha, founder of the architecture firm that’s working on the project, Groupwork + Amin Taha.

The Journal also says that this construction approach, which also uses exposed cross-laminated timber floor slabs that span the exoskeleton, is estimated to save both in cost and carbon emissions.

   

Tagged categories: Design build; Stone; Structural steel

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