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‘The Place’ is the new sustainable and people oriented office for Citu located in the Climate Innovation District in Leeds.

The Place, Leeds

The Place external
The Place internal stairs
The Place frame construction
The Place frame construction2

Comprising of a combination of hybrid glulam and steel framing lines with cross-laminated timber (CLT) floor and roof slabs. Citu describe The Place as being special because it’s a building they designed to embody their purpose.

Architect: Citu

For: Citu

The Place is extremely energy efficient, with triple glazed windows, highly insulated walls built in our factory next door, and an MVHR system to bring in fresh air and recycle heat. That combined with the cross-laminated timber frame (lower embodied carbon than using steel), the low carbon concrete used for the base, and the recycled pipes used for the foundations makes The Place certifiably net-zero carbon. Citu

The key client requirement was to provide a cost effective structure with low Carbon, in addition to maximising the amount of visual timber in the internal spaces. To achieve this, glulam columns and beams were used through the central ‘spine’ of the building where they would be visible, with CLT slabs over to form the floors and roof.

Our ability to create complex connection details that were hidden within the timber elements themselves was key to providing the visual timber appearance Citu required throughout the internal spaces.

In addition to the sustainable credentials of timber, the off-site manufacturing of the CLT panels allowed for a rapid construction

The final result of our collaboration with Citu shows what can be achieved when sustainability and people oriented Engineers and Architects work together.

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