Plykea

 

 

Here East innovation and technology campus
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hackney, London

 

 

Construction is underway at Unit 14 of the Here East innovation and technology centre in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The 450m2 unit will house the new workshop, offices, cafeteria and showroom for the London cabinet company Plykea. Plykea manufactures premium grade birch plywood cabinet fronts and bespoke worktops specifically designed for IKEA kitchens.

 

Materials and construction methods follow a straightforward and economic approach, in line with the company’s ethos. Open web timber joists - typically used to support large floor spans - are repurposed as studwork to form a six-meter floor to ceiling partition separating manufacturing from office, retail and ancillary spaces. This framework is infilled with wood wool boards at high level and fully glazed at ground floor to allow views between the two spaces. A pre-existing lift shaft steel frame is repurposed to create a glazed meeting room on mezzanine level with views across the manufacturing hall. The services are left exposed.

 

The project is due for completion in August 2021.

 

 

 

 

Plykea

 

 

Here East innovation and technology campus
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hackney, London

 

 

Construction is underway at Unit 14 of the Here East innovation and technology centre in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The 450m2 unit will house the new workshop, offices, cafeteria and showroom for the London cabinet company Plykea. Plykea manufactures premium grade birch plywood cabinet fronts and bespoke worktops specifically designed for IKEA kitchens.

 

Materials and construction methods follow a straightforward and economic approach, in line with the company’s ethos. Open web timber joists - typically used to support large floor spans - are repurposed as studwork to form a six-meter floor to ceiling partition separating manufacturing from office, retail and ancillary spaces. This framework is infilled with wood wool boards at high level and fully glazed at ground floor to allow views between the two spaces. A pre-existing lift shaft steel frame is repurposed to create a glazed meeting room on mezzanine level with views across the manufacturing hall. The services are left exposed.

 

The project is due for completion in August 2021.