Schöck and cross-laminated timber feature at Hoxton cinema 

The neglected Hoxton Cinema in East London is undergoing a transformation, with plans for a replica of the original 1914 Gaumont façade to be reconstructed. Behind it will be a development of black-brick one, two and three bedroom apartments – and in the basement a new three-screen arthouse cinema.

The design consists of two distinct elements. A concrete ground level to accommodate the cinema and an acoustically insulated cross-laminated timber (CLT) upper residential element. The balconies on the western elevation are of steel construction; and unusually the requirement here is to connect the balconies to the CLT. Cross-laminated timber performs well thermally, but the steel cantilever penetrates the insulation layer and it is important to minimise the risk of any thermal bridging problems at this point.

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