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New Model Building

An innovative and cost-efficient approach to building pre-warrantied, multi-storey mass timber housing

Waugh Thistleton Architects in collaboration with expert fire engineers at University College London and structural engineers at Buro Happold has developed the New Model Building as a set of pre-warrantied design principles and guidance for multistorey residential mass timber building in the UK. 

The set of technical documents demonstrates how engineered timber can be effectively used to construct multistorey residential buildings, in full compliance with UK building regulations. The objective is to secure a letter of comfort from the National House-Building Council, that approves a pre-warrantied design, which then provides guidance, clarity and confidence for designers, developers, insurers and investors to choose for mass-timber. 



Waugh Thistleton Architects

Waugh Thistleton Architects (WTA) is a Shoreditch based architectural practice producing thoughtful and sustainable projects in its own neighbourhood and beyond. The practice is a world leader in engineered timber and pioneer in the field of tall timber buildings. In their home city of London, WTA have designed and delivered exemplar timber residential and commercial buildings, including Dalston Lane, Murray Grove, Orsman Road with their most recent design, for The Office Group, being The Black & White Building, setting a new precedent for all-timber office construction in the UK. 

More broadly Waugh Thistleton has experience in delivering a wide range of building types in multiple geographies, including affordable housing, private residential projects, offices and commercial spaces, and mixed-use, cultural and leisure.

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Buro Happold

Buro Happold Limited is a British professional services firm that provides engineering consultancy, design, planning, project management, and consulting services for buildings, infrastructure, and the environment.

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