City Academy, Norwich: construction progress report

City Academy in Norwich is in the advanced stages of construction as these photos show. The use of CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) is a significant feature of the architecture.

Photos courtesy of James Lumb.

Cross-laminated timber suits the rapid construction of cellular spaces of medium and wide span. It is clean, fast and immensely strong. At City Academy in Norwich, cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels formed from solid spruce are used to construct the whole building – walls, floors, ceilings, stairs, lift shafts and roof. Helped by the thermal efficiency of the timber and performance of the panels, this means that, for the first 20 years of its use, City Academy will remain carbon negative.

By manufacturing pre-assembled modules, off site under factory conditions, this also meant that on-site works are reduced to an absolute minimum.

Here are our original montages that were used at planning.

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