Work completes in London on world’s largest CLT building

7 November 2017


Work has been completed on a 10-storey carbon-neutral apartment complex in London’s Dalston, which architecture firm Waugh Thistleton claims is the “world’s largest cross laminated timber building”.

Not only is Dalston Works believed to use more CLT than any other building in the world, at 33.8m tall, it is also among the tallest structures pioneering the use of engineered wood.

The external walls may be clad with brick, but their frames – as well as party walls, floors, ceiling, stairs and a lift core – are all made from just wood and glue.

The architects calculated that the resulting structure is five times lighter than if it was made from concrete.

A lighter core meant that the team could build much higher on the site than had previously been thought viable, given its proximity to a planned route for Crossrail – a new railway line spanning London.