Plans for a timber office building in Maidenhead town have been submitted to the Royal Borough.
Developer HUB and Norwegian family-owned investor Smedvig, have submitted plans for a six-storey building which has been named Trehus – Norwegian for house of wood. The scheme is part of the mixed-use scheme called One Maidenhead, previously known as The Landing.
Trehus, which will be between King Street, Queen Street and Broadway, has been designed by Waugh Thistleton Architects. It will have a timber superstructure and will be the first of its kind in the Thames Valley. It will target BREEAM Outstanding.
The proposed building optimises flexibility, adaptability, and aims to achieve low levels of energy use while the timber structure reduces embodied carbon by 40 per cent compared to a concrete frame.
The facade design aims to maximise natural light, to reduce reliance on artificial light, heating, and cooling.
Victoria Manston, development director of HUB, said: “Trehus will be the first building of its kind in this area, and an exciting addition to the work already under way at One Maidenhead to deliver a new world-class development in Maidenhead town centre.
“The use of timber here will result in a building that is both elegant and highly sustainable, in line with HUB’s strategy of reducing embodied carbon across our portfolio. We look forward to continuing work with our project partners and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to progress this scheme.”
Kirsten Haggart, associate director of Waugh Thistleton Architects, said: “It has been a joy to work on this project, a landmark building both in terms of the location within Maidenhead town centre and its ambitious low carbon credentials.
“Close collaboration with local stakeholders, our consultant partners and HUB has resulted in a building that will enhance its local context and have minimal impact on the environment. It sets a high standard in the area for high quality sustainable office design.”
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