SterlingOSB Zero has a presence in Westminster’s community housing and retail project, Ebury Edge

SterlingOSB Zero panels have been used in a colorful temporary development for Westminster City Council, Ebury Edge

SterlingOSB Zero panels, popular with specifiers, architects and builders, are not only durable, strong and easy to handle, they are also carbon negative and used for attractive aesthetic properties. An interesting example that demonstrates the flexibility of boards can be seen at Ebury Edge in Pimlico.

A large room with tables and chairs

Jan Kattein Architects (JKA) Ebury Edge is a colorful temporary development for Westminster City Council which will be used for five years.

The project was designed and built to give soon-to-be-displaced residents of the 1930s Ebury Bridge estate a tangible experience of the regeneration process while providing a focal point and hub for the community prior to demolition and renewal. of the domain.

The group of timber buildings includes a terrace of two-story affordable retail and workspace units, a single-story structure housing a cafe and community center, a community garden elevated above the project on a scaffolding platform and an illuminated scaffolding tower at the head of the site. corner.

Colored half-timbered terrace

It’s not the tower but the colorful, wood-clad terrace of the two-storey commercial and workspace units that gives the whole thing its charm. Under a distinctive sawtooth roof, the units provide an affordable base for local small businesses by offering micro-shops at street level and larger workspace units upstairs.

Edge of Ebury
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Gabriel Warshafsky, Director of Projects at JKA, said: “This project creates an active advantage for the field and brings economic activity. The units are quite narrow, so each can have a storefront on a fairly busy street to gain exposure and visibility.

Perpendicular to the terrace, and equally cheery beneath its teal-hued wooden shingle sheathing, is the single-storey cafe and community hall building. This is designed to be flexible with both spaces sharing a common core to allow events and functions to flow between the two.

Hidden behind the terrace and community buildings is a sheltered courtyard connected to an existing green play and seating area. The temporary nature of the program meant that JKA wanted to reduce the carbon embodied in the materials used in its construction.

“To me, that really speaks for wood products,” says Warshafsky. “We wanted to work with wood to reduce the weight of the buildings and therefore the loads on the foundations.

Despite the building’s short lifespan, a solid foundation is essential. Obstructions in the ground and a limited budget meant that shallow mass concrete foundations were used to support the simple steel floor frames on which the wooden structures rest. The intention is that in the future the concrete can be crushed and used in the piling mat for the main project.

The ground beams support prefabricated modular wooden frame cassettes which form the floors of the two buildings. SterlingOSB Zero panels give the cassettes their strength and provide a surface on which to lay the flooring. The naturally ventilated cavity under the cassettes also helps deal with any potential floor contamination.

‘SterlingOSB Zero is lightweight and economical’

Warshafsky explains, “SterlingOSB Zero is lightweight, economical and provides the stiffness we need for the panels to function structurally. SterlingOSB Zero-gained pre-engineered timber cassettes also form the first floor and single-pitch roof structures of the terrace units.

In contrast, pre-engineered timber trusses are used to accommodate the greater span of the cafe’s asymmetrical roof and community block. These have been left exposed to add height and an element of drama to the columnless spaces.

Prefabricated wood-framed panels also form the walls of community buildings and stores. However, these panels were supplied with a SterlingOSB Zero coating applied to their exterior face; the inner face is left open to allow on-site installation of insulation and electricity before being clad in plasterboard cladding.

The building’s exterior cladding of wood shingles and beveled wood planks was also applied on site. “It’s a facade that will age and patina to celebrate its temporary nature,” adds Warshafsky.

He says that one of the main benefits of using a timber panel system to construct a building in the meantime comes when they are dismantled at the end of the project: “The intention is that the claddings and cladding removed and the lightweight building can be dismantled and erected elsewhere.”

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