The decision to proceed with the main construction of the 380,000 sq ft project on Lavington Street in Southwark, according to Landsec, demonstrates its confidence in the London office market. Laing O’Rourke was previously in the running for the position but dropped out when the scheme was halted. Mace has been formally appointed as construction manager for the £230 million project, which will advance Landsec’s goal of delivering a one million square foot green office cluster in Southwark.
Landsec’s latest large-scale project in Southwark will be the redevelopment of the former printworks. It comes on the heels of the recent completion of The Forge, the UK’s first net-zero commercial building designed in accordance with the UKGBC framework and completed by Mace and its joint venture partner, Sir Robert McAlpine.
According to Contract Journal, Mace’s commercial director for Major Projects, the project will further pioneer new approaches to designing and building net zero spaces by building on the lessons learned from The Forge. The design increases the use of low-carbon materials, resulting in a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions during construction compared to a typical office building.
Timber Square will use new cross-laminated timber floor slabs and reuse 85% of the existing steel structure to create a highly sustainable, energy-efficient space.
Timber Square’s primary heat source will be air source heat pumps, with a BREAAM ‘Excellent’ and Well Core Platinum rating and £205 million in social and local economic value generated during the project’s life cycle.