The Technique Building

Technique Building extension retrofit glulam CLT exterior

The Technique Building

The building at 132 Goswell Road has been many things. Once it was a gin distillery. In the 1960s it became office space with the intriguing name ‘Laser House’.

Today, thanks to an extensive timber-framed retrofit and extension, it has been granted a new lease of life as the Technique Building. It has been transformed by a new superstructure of glulam column-and-beam frame, and new storeys (with solid CLT floor slabs) added to the top.

The building now offers some 74,000 sq ft of space across its six storeys, featuring high ceilings and generous open volumes.

Street scene showing the corner of the Technique Building, where the lower front building meets the higher back.
Technique Building retrofit glulam beam

Engineered timber proved to be an efficient offsite solution in adding three new floors of workspace. The accuracy of the CNC-cut elements in combination with careful scheduling helped maintain programme deadlines, while lorry deliveries were cut by 70%, on a site where space presented significant challenges: the Technique building is in a densely occupied part of town.

The excellent airtightness contributed to Technique exceeding Part L requirements. The project achieved an overall 1,709 tonne reduction in carbon compared to a reinforced concrete and steel alternative.

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