Waugh Thistleton Architects - 106 Lewes Road

Project Details

Project - 106 Lewes Road
Sector - Residential
Technology - Hybrid
Company - Waugh Thistleton Architects

Project Overview

106 Lewes Road challenges the preconceptions many people hold about prefabricated architecture. The building is curved in plan and sculptural in form, yet is constructed with a series of carefully designed prefabricated elements delivered to site for installation. The scheme is located in Brighton and provides much needed student accommodation for the University, with a total of 48 individual student suites and generous communal facilities.

Adopting a hybrid approach, the structure is designed to be as lean and efficient as possible. A 4.5m high concrete transfer deck allows for an open plan communal lounge and enough space for a refuse vehicle to drive underneath. The upper floors, which house the student suites, are constructed with a combination of cross laminated and closed timber panels, delivered to site with windows and a vapour barrier pre-installed to form a weather tight interior. A double height communal roof terrace will feature climbers growing up cables from the surrounding brick clad pergola.

High quality, solid detailing has been achieved by adopting prefabricated brick panel technology for the cladding while internally, the student apartments are fitted out with bespoke prefabricated furniture and bathroom pods.


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Solid Wood Solutions is taking place on the 5th July at The Oculus - part of the University of Warwick and will shine a spotlight on pioneering projects through informative case studies presented by those who conceived and developed the buildings that are gaining global attention. This event presents a great opportunity to gain insight and network with those who are shaping the future of the engineered timber industry.

Speakers include:

  • Giancarlo Torpiano - Arup
  • Jonathan Roynon - Buro Happold
  • Kelly Harrison - Heyne Tillett Steel
  • John Spittle - Wiehag
  • Nic Clark - KLH UK
  • Gavin White - Ramboll
  • Kevin Flanagan - PLP Architecture
  • David Lomax - Waugh Thistleton
  • Neil Eaton - Berman Guedes Stretton
  • Daniel Kreissig - ZÜBLIN Timber
  • Robin Lancashire - TRADA
  • Darren Richards - Cogent Consulting
  • Penny Randell - Ecological Building Systems UK
  • Robert Hairstans - Edinburgh Napier University

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