LOM’s 6,500sqm new build staff academy for Tesco, the British multinational grocery retailer, will start to take on its distinctive oval shape, on Thursday 10 August 2017, as the 28 metre laminated timber beams, arrive on site.
The academy, collaboration, well-being and experience centre designed by LOM, currently being constructed by McLaren, will create a new heart to Tesco’s head office campus in Hertfordshire.
Simon Marett, director of LOM, said: “The 28 metre bespoke laminated timber glulam beams with a double curve have been manufactured in Austria. Their length and strength will allow long, column free, width spans and makes them the ideal support for the academy’s low sweeping roof line. The finished architectural impression will be beautiful, open and sympathetic as the natural wood blends in to the landscape.”
The glulam beams are environmentally certified by the PEFC ensuring that they a manufactured using sustainable forest managed timber and will be delivered overnight to avoid traffic, and causing an obstruction.
The project is expected to complete in 2018.