Acoustic external doors Clark Door Steel-hinged acoustic doors Studio doors clarkdoor.com
The size of the volumes was dictated by the functional brief – for the large circus studio in particular, which needed a 7m-high internal clearance for aerial and trapeze work. At the same time, the overall height of the building was restricted by planners to maintain views of the circular roof on the main building. Matt Watts, director, Reed Watts Architects
Sliding entrance door Dorma DORMA ST-Flex Green Main entrance dorma.com
Project data Start on site June 2021 Completion June 2023 Gross internal floor area 971m² Construction cost £4.5 million Construction cost per m2£4,634 Architect Paddy Dillon with Reed Watts Architects and Allies and Morrison Executive architect Reed Watts Architects Client The Roundhouse Trust Structural engineer Momentum Engineering M&E consultant Ingleton Wood QS Bristow Consulting Project manager Bristow Consulting Principal designer Goddard Consulting Approved building inspector Assent Main contractor Borras Construction Fire consultant The Fire Surgery Acoustic consultant Charcoalblue Access consultant Attitude is Everything CAD software used AutoCAD Annual CO2 emissions 18.5 kgCO2/m2 Predicted design Life 60 years
Roundhouse Works is a new creative centre for young people at the heart of the Roundhouse’s creative campus in Camden, London. It houses a bespoke large music studio, a triple-height studio for circus and performance, a large multi-use studio for workshops and a dedicated podcast studio to support future generations of artists and creative entrepreneurs.
The cross-laminated timber structure was a key choice that helped address a number of these. It sequesters over 250 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere, while also allowing us to avoid the need for secondary finishes in many spaces. Thus the CLT walls and floor slabs are exposed in many spaces and sized to achieve fire compartmentation. Plasterboard is used to achieve acoustic separation or to enhance fire separation.
Rubber flooring Chroma Artigo Multifloor ND Uni, colour: U36 Silk Co-working space, breakout space and circulation spaces chroma.im
The recycled railway sleepers were sourced from the UK railway network. Unlike many species, the very durable Australian jarrah didn’t need to be treated with bitumen when used on the railway. This would have otherwise precluded us from using it. We used as much of each sleeper as possible. The external faces are the primary cladding material and the internal sections are used as vertical fins and panels over the curtain wall glazing.
Curtain walling Kawneer AA100 thermally broken curtain walling, colour: RAL 7006 Glazing (ground and first floors) kawneer.co.uk
Cross-laminated timber Eurban Stora Enso timber frame Walls, floors and roof structure eurban.co.uk
Materials were selected to respond to the overall project brief, whether that was to reduce embodied CO2, reduce load on the foundations, to answer aesthetic, cost or durability requirements or to maintain acoustic and fire separation between spaces.
Located on the raised ‘service yard’ behind the original venue, the new building sits in the former railway yard that served the train shed. This location, the industrial heritage, adjacent shipping containers and its ‘working’ nature inspired the simple form of the building. The studios are housed in two metal cubes, while the ancillary spaces and co-working office space, which hug the edge of the site, are clad in reclaimed railway sleepers.
The use of timber continues inside the building, with plywood furniture paired with rubber flooring, Matt Watts, director, Reed Watts Architects
Timber sleepers Railway Sleepers Jarrah Relays, 250 x 125mm Ground and first floor cladding railwaysleepers.com