Wooden skyscraper planned for London

Wooden skyscraper planned for London

A concept design for the tallest wooden building in the world have been unveiled to be constructed in London by PLP Architecture and researchers from the University of Cambridge.

The 80-storey Oakwood Tower would form part of the Barbican housing estate, have a timber frame and reach a height of 300m.

PLP Architecture and Cambridge University’s Department of Architecture developed the proposal with engineer Smith and Wallwork to offer an alternative to traditional steel and concrete construction.

“The use of timber could transform the way we build in this city,” said PLP partner Kevin Flanagan. “Timber buildings have the potential architecturally to create a more pleasing, relaxed, sociable and creative urban experience”

The scheme was presented to London mayor Boris Johnson and if it goes ahead the skyscraper would become London’s second tallest building, after The Shard, and the tallest wooden structure in the world.

Up to 1,000 new homes could be included in the building which would also include mid-rise terraces.

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