Carnival Place designed by HLM Architects

An exciting mixed-use project where the design seeks to create an important new community ‘place’ for Wokingham, bringing together residential and leisure functions in a highly sustainable central location.

Design Approach

The project was conceived directly in response to a brief to create a new model for community-led mixed-use development in the climate emergency.

The project adopts thermal performance and airtightness standards very similar to Passivhaus and will deliver a net zero carbon solution operationally. The development provides 55 new homes and was conceived at Planning Stage to promote MMC solutions. Following the successful tender by Mid Group, the project now adopts their
proposal to construct the scheme using the Creagh concrete composite panel solution. The Passivhaus approach to the design inherently presents numerous complexities around creating a highly insulated volume, removing all cold bridges, with air-tightness values at less than a tenth of traditional Building Regulations standards, achieved through HLM’s leadership, strong design management and fully coordinated design.

The spatial layout of the building is inherently simple and elegant, with all 3 floor levels stacked for simplicity of assembly of the off-site manufactured floor and wall sections. Our expertise in producing 3Dtechnical design intent allowed us to fully articulate technical and visual standards expected for detailing elements such as junctions and materials interfaces. This was especially important around key geometries, balconies, and the like.

Carnival Place designed by HLM Architects

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