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Last night dRMM’s Sky Health and Fitness Centre won the award for innovation at the Structural Timber Awards for the 4.5t ‘Superbeam’ developed by ARUP as part of the engineered timber structure for the building.
dRMM collaborated closely with Arup in the design of the Health and Fitness Centre, carefully composing a unique structural arrangement of glue laminated bifurcated timber columns and beams and cross-laminated timber (CLT) perimeter walls and floors. Internally all the structural timber is left exposed which adds a richness of texture and sculptural form. Naturally lit from a long west-facing glazed façade, the spaces are bright and take advantage of the views across the Sky campus. The timber façade material provides an alternative texture to the metallic buildings surrounding, while the western façade plays back an analogy of the television screen with glimpses of the activity going on inside.
The Sky Health & Fitness Centre was designed and delivered in just 17 months – the superstructure took only 26 days to erect. dRMM are proud to have produced a building which testifies to the beauty and efficiency of engineered timber, and which offers outstanding facilities for the well-being of the Sky community. The project was also highly commended in the Project of the Year category.