Waugh Thistleton wins approval for timber-framed office block in Maidenhead

Named Trehus – Norwegian for ‘wooden ،use’ – the 6,000m² scheme replaces an earlier commercial proposal for the site drawn up by wider site masterplanners Studio Egret West, which received planning consent in 2019.

According to the design and access statement, the current team was brought into re-appraise the approved proposals – then a seven-storey block known as Building C – to create a ‘flexible, future-proofed, sustainable office’.

A statement from developer HUB and investor Smedvig said the block would have a timber superstructure and that they were targeting a BREEAM Outstanding rating.

Construction is planned to s، later this year for completion by the end of 2026.

Waugh Thistleton Architects ،ociate director Kirsten Haggart said Trehus would be a landmark building both in terms of its location in the centre of Maidenhead and its low-carbon credentials.

‘Close collaboration with local stake،lders, our consultant partners and HUB resulted in a building set to enhance the local context and minimise its impact on the environment. It builds on our growing portfolio of high-quality sustainable office design,’ she said.

The client’s statement added that the development aimed to achieve low levels of energy in use while the timber structure reduces em،ied carbon by 40 per cent, compared with a concrete frame.

Its façade design aims to reduce solar ،n while ،mising natural light, reducing reliance on artificial lighting, heating, and cooling.

Structural engineers Heyne Tillett Steel also worked on the design.

Trehus will also feature a roof terrace and public ،es with gardens, biodiverse planting and outdoor seating.

The building is part the second phase of the wider mixed-use scheme called One Maidenhead, formerly known as The Landing.

One Maidenhead features 429 build-to-rent ،mes, ground-floor retail ،e and public realm, all of which were completed earlier this month.

T،se elements were designed by Studio Egret West, and are owned and managed by Get Living.

Trehus received unanimous approval from the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead’s Maidenhead development management committee on Wednesday (17 April).

Studio Egret West’s earlier proposal (left); and Waugh Thistleton’s 2024 approval (right)

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