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CF Møller rethinks CLT use for Robin Hood Gardens replacement scheme

By Ella Jessel
The Architects’ Journal
February 13, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

LONDON — CF Møller is rethinking the use of engineered timber for its scheme to replace Robin Hood Gardens following the government’s ban on combustible cladding materials for tall buildings. …Early designs for the 330-home scheme, half of which will be affordable, have been designed in outline using cross-laminated timber construction. …The new legislation, which came into effect last December, prohibits all materials with a European fire rating of less than A1 or A2 on residential blocks, schools, care homes and hospitals above 18m in height. …Asked about the wider implications of the ban, Pearce said: ’We think it’s unfortunate, as we believe that CLT performs really well under fire load and it got caught by a ban that wasn’t specifically targeting CLT as a material.’

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