Charred cladding manufactured in the UK, used to complete the exterior envelope of a building in the centre of Canary Wharf. A small building, by comparison, surrounded by giants in the best city in the World… this one’s different, rectilinear, sharp and impressive.

420 square metres of prime oak, carefully hand finished in the UK; delivered to site on time whilst meeting the high-quality demands of Canary Wharf Contractors

Due to the nature of Oak, shorter than normal pieces of timber were used. This added to the stability of the build, the profile also added being Tongue and Grooved. The usual screws, certainly recommended by us are the carpenters mate No 7 finishing screws. Furthermore, they’re made from 316 stainless and can come with blackheads and whilst they may be surface mounted the black head disappears in the black cladding board.

Karl Harrison said, “The grain is bursting out of each piece, its such an impressive timber to use as charred cladding”.

SFS Intec peel rivets were the specified method of mechanically fixing the custom-made brackets, designed by the team at Exterior Solutions Ltd. The custom-made brackets in 5mm aluminium were to act as supports for the fin arrangement, clad in the same oak and also housed the vertical LED lighting.

A viewing terrace housed a wrap around cladding arrangement that allowed the charred cladding to be seen from the inside. An impressive locale with an impressive build.

Shou Sugi Ban materials are manufactured in the UK to order, an extensive range of timbers, textures and colours…Interior and exterior cladding. There are regular CPD presentations hosted at Sky House Design Centre, rather handy prior to 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

Main Contractor           Losberger de Boer

Cladding completed    2018



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