Charlton WorkStack creates light industrial space for compact sites - 11-07-2017

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WorkStack is the first significant response to the growing need for high quality workspace on compact sites. By stacking the units, the footprint of the building is significantly reduced without loss of lettable area.

Through an iterative and collaborative design process with Greenwich Enterprise Board, we designed 14 workspaces that move beyond the sprawling ‘tin shed’ approach to industrial space.  This innovative solution allows light industrial employment spaces to be created on compact urban sites.

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WorkStack is conceptualised in cross-laminated timber – dRMM’s favourite sustainable material which can be used as shear walls and slabs, and allows for fast construction. Its structural properties allow each unit to step out and cantilever. This creates a ‘corbelled’ effect to the west façade, providing shading and limiting solar gain within the lower units.

The resulting block form is sculptural; it enlivens Woolwich Road and creates a landmark for the borough. Charlton WorkStack is the first significant response to the growing need for high quality workspace on compact sites.

Read more about the project here.

Visualisation by Cityscape
Drawing by dRMM