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The project “Hope Street. Liverpool” won 1st place in the category “Wooden Building” of “Latvian Construction Award 2015”.
The Nordic Homes project at Hope Street, Liverpool is a 339 bedroom mixed use development of 10 000 m². It includes apartments and accessible studios, complete with fully fitted kitchens and ensuite bathrooms, in a purpose built student centre including a cinema, gym, bars and restaurants opening onto a central landscaped courtyard.
The volumetric construction system being used is not usually available in the UK – highly insulated, FSC/PEFC certificated timber frame modules which are manufactured and delivered on site fully fitted, decorated to a high standard and ready wired and plumbed for all services. Similar steel frame modules have been used in the UK before, but timber frame systems currently tend to be manufactured in the UK only in separate wall, floor and roof panels rather than full modules. The Nordic Homes approach harnesses the sustainability and cost benefits of timber frame with the well-known speed and safety advantages of genuine volumetric construction.
Work started on site in January 2014 for foundations and was completed in Summer 2015.
Time is money, so everyone is interested in the speed of construction, modular construction consequentially reduces financing costs, brings in a faster rental income, significantly improves cash flow and return on capital investment.
When all factors are included, including the design and manufacturing time, construction has already been 30% faster than traditional build techniques. Waste on site is down by 60%. Water use overall is down 35%.
Timber frame construction is already popular because of its built-in thermal performance, airtightness and carbon capture. By using these new modules, it is possible to enjoy all the benefits of timber frame construction without the potential problems of a site this large. For example, there is a huge reduction in fire risk on site as the modules are arriving already fully built, insulated, clad and fire protected. The quality of manufacture is very high and has not suffered at all during transportation.
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