Decorum.London has been designing and installing specialist timber cladding projects since 2003. Timber structure, decking and many applications requiring a specialist hand to direct precise installations. These are displayed on a serious portfolio of professional works.
From its concept in the early planning stage, Decorum.London, led by Karl Harrison worked with Losberger de Boer to create a commercial cladding design. The project deep in the heart of London’s financial district surrounded by skyscrapers… a most impressive skyline.
The charred timber cladding is manufactured in the UK by Shou Sugi Ban®. Charred oak was used to complete the exterior covering of this well-presented structure. A sharp building with equally sharp lines stands alone surrounded by London’s skyscrapers.
More than 400 square metres of high-grade oak precisely hand made and presented within contracted time – The strict expectations of Canary Wharf Contractors were met at every stage of this installation.
Oak has an expected movement coefficient, with this in mind they had allowed for this with stainless fixings and enhanced detailing. Furthermore, a tongue and grooved ESL004 was selected to enhance the stability of the timber and reduce movement.
The black-tipped stainless screws are face fixed. The blackhead vanishes (well almost) in the charred cladding board and are virtually unnoticeable.
Karl Harrison said, “The grain is bursting out of each piece, it’s such an impressive timber to use as charred cladding”.
Cladding Design Detail
The structural Engineer agreed to the specialist designed aluminium batten support brackets designed by Karl Harrison. The SE also specified SFS Intec peel rivets to mechanically fix the custom-made brackets.
The timber fin arrangement needed to support vertical LED lighting and also the cladding, not too taxing nevertheless design had to take place and a custom item was required.
Decorum.London has been working alongside Exterior Solutions ltd for years and have a packed portfolio of impressive cladding and decking projects. They continue to work in London and across the Home Counties with several projects taking the overseas. Further, they’re considered experts in timber cladding facades and offer CPDs as such.
Decorum.London and the office team are based at Sky House Design Centre which is perfect when presenting your concepts to the client.
Credits and Further information
Materials English Oak Brushed – Hokkaido by ShouSugiBan®
Installed by Decorum.London
Location Montgomery Square, Canary Wharf, London
Architect Canary Wharf PLC
Main contractor Losberger de Boer