Timber Square: the first certified Design for Performance project.


Paving the path to energy efficiency.

Timber Square is a zero-carbon, nature-led scheme that is an exemplar of timber construction innovation. At 370,000sq ft, this ambitious project, located in Southwark, set out to create modern, exciting and flexible workplaces paired with retail and leisure outlets.

A sustainable milestone.

Following a thorough analysis, this ground-breaking project has been awarded NABERS’ five-star Design Reviewed Target Rating, making it the UK’s first Design for Performance project to complete this Independent Design Review and score five stars.

Design for Performance helps developers to ensure the energy consumption of projects delivers against their design intent, and to overcome the well-evidenced performance gap between design and operation.

This level of energy efficiency aligns with the UKGBC’s 2025-2030 energy performance targets for commercial offices aiming to achieve net zero carbon in operation.

Playing our part.

We worked closely with project partners to optimise the energy performance of the facade, before developing an all-electric services solution, which was refined and optimised using advanced simulation during detailed design.

To match this unique project, we adopted a modern approach to design where every decision was informed by the impact on energy and carbon.

Brian Graham, Director, comments…

“As one of the first Design for Performance pioneer partners, we’re delighted with this milestone for Timber Square. Designing projects that respond to the urgency of the climate crisis is at the forefront of our thinking. Embracing NABERS UK on Timber Square has provided a fantastic opportunity for the project team to collaborate and utilise modelling data to understand the carbon impact of every design decision.”