Our work on Lansdowne Drive in London saw
us win an award in the ‘Urban’ category at the
Passivhaus Trust Awards 2016. We were thrilled
with this recognition
Built on an urban infill site within a well-known conservation area, the
project at Lansdowne Drive was designed by Tectonics Architects and
handed over to the client to move into during April 2015.
We used our materials on this project, providing the external wall
insulation with a clay brick slip finish to provide the structure with a
stack-bond pattern masonry appearance at low-level providing a clean
and contemporary appearance. Our external wall insulation system
was chosen due to it having Passivhaus trust certification and it being
a system that could eliminate any potential for cold bridging in the
structure. It is a cost-effective solution with proven technology and
excellent detailing options. It also has strong crack resistance.
I am delighted with the
of the products used,
and found the alsecco
installer helpful in
dealing with any
The aim of the building design was to create a building
based on simplicity, flexibility, light and character. One of
the many challenges for us with this project was the fact the
site was situated immediately to the north of a four-storey
Victorian terrace. It also does not benefit from the direct
sun from the south.
The structure was prefabricated in cross-laminated timber,
erected in two days – floors, walls and roof – and insulated
with wood fibre insulation – a key innovation of the project.
Internally, the structural materials and their assembly are
left exposed, from concrete or timber to galvanized
conduits and ducts. This provides a rich sense of
materiality to the interior spaces.