B & K Structures - Nandos Cambridge
Project - Nando's Cambridge
Sector - Commercial
Architect - B & K Structures
Technology - Timber
Nando’s, Cambridge is the company’s first ‘Next Generation’ restaurant in the country, and forms a sustainable construction prototype which will be rolled-out across the wider Nando’s estate. The high-quality design incorporates a number of sustainability measures, which will contribute positively to the commercial future of the restaurant as well as being eco-friendly to the surrounding area.
The sustainable structural form, erected in just three weeks includes timber cassette walls, with glulam roof beams and a visual cross laminated timber soffit.
The cross laminated timber roof panels act as horizontal diaphragms which distribute horizontal loads through the glulam beams to the wall cassettes below. The cassettes act as vertical stability walls, including structural timber studs in their build up, designed to carry the vertical loads.
The feature glazing around the restaurants entrance, which is the main source of natural light into the building, hangs from two glulam beams. These beams are supported by a single glulam column and the timber studs in the cassette walls.
Incorporating a number of sustainability measures, Nando’s Cambridge features a flat sedum roof, with PV panels and a rainwater harvesting system to hydrate the plants within an external ‘living wall’. The restaurant’s smart heating system automatically dies down when the air-conditioning is on and switches off entirely when the temperature rises above 15°c. The ‘Next Generation’ Nando’s is the first of its kind in the world to be powered by 100% renewable electricity and gas.
Andrew Stephen, Chief Executive of the Sustainable Restaurant Association said of the project: ‘Nando’s Next Generation is a fantastic, positive example of what restaurants can do to reduce their footprint, providing a destination for people to visit, where they can eat and enjoy a meal that isn’t costing the earth!’
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