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Nordic’s London Road project in Southampton comprises a 33 student studio apartment building built across four floors on top of an existing Tesco store.
With the solution Nordic devised it is easy to see why the firm’s bid was successful. The company specified the use of pre-fabricated panelised timber frames, which had the multiple benefits of providing fast construction, minimal disruption and the removal of additional costs.
The London Road project was completed in just eight months, a build period unobtainable when using traditional building techniques. What’s more, the Tesco store that forms its base didn’t lose a single day’s trading, despite having a substantial construction project on its roof.
Both the speed and lack of disruption were only made possible by the use of timber frame. Nordic’s engineers calculated that the existing concrete structure could easily bear the load of an additional four storeys without the need for any additional reinforcement works, but only because of the use of timber frame.
Timber frame is much lighter than any other technology. It is the material used to achieve a higher historical structure. It also adds to the bottom line because it is not necessary to do additional reinforcement works.
Indeed, Nordic believes that the success of the London Road project could be easily replicated elsewhere and with highly profitable results for developers. In any case where a freeholder could add height this is the way to deliver in the quickest and most efficient way. There are a lot of opportunities out there to build up.
Since completing the London Road scheme, Nordic has moved into using volumetric timber units, something that the company believes has only added to its ability to deliver high quality projects quickly.
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