Thatchers make comeback to provide new take on modern methods of construction
The University of East Anglia’s new Enterprise Centre, currently under construction, is expected to be one of the greenest buildings in the country. And a key ingredient is the thatched cassettes that clad the building.
The pioneering concept of thatch cassettes was conceived by Morgan Sindall and its design team with project architect Architype. The process involves fabricating a set of timber cassette modules that are filled with straw in local thatchers’ barns across Norfolk. The prefabricated thatch cassette panels are then transported to site and erected onto the façade of the building as a rainscreen cladding.
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