Structural & Technical design

If you want to build cost-effectively with wood, there is one important rule: design the structural shell first. Designing from the inside out; taking into account the possibilities and limitations of the material. It may take some getting used to, but it works.
In addition to its constructive function, a wooden structural shell also plays an important role in the fire safety and acoustic design of the building. This affects, among other things, wall thicknesses and the total floor package.
Construction, acoustics and fire safety form a trinity
Hamlet has an experienced team of wood constructors and specialists. Based on the program of requirements, we design the wooden structural shell with an optimal balance between the constructive properties, the fire safety function, the acoustic package and the realization costs. It's fast, saves costs and guarantees optimum building performance.
In this phase we often work together with the selected architect.
As a client, you therefore have a high degree of certainty about feasibility and affordability from the start of the project to completion.
Of course we supply the complete report for the environmental permit.
What do our customers say?
Niek Schaap, Senior Project Developer De Nijs Projectontwikkeling: "We are developing a project with five wooden towers, the highest of which is 40 metres. By first designing the structural shell, Hamlet gave us the confidence that the project can be realized entirely in wood, both financially and technically. Designing from the inside out has proven to be crucial for the feasibility of the project."
Our method
Design for Manufacturing & Assembly
Okay, so tip 1 is to design the structural shell first, but there is another secret that we would like to share with you: Design for Manufacturing & Assembly; a design approach that strives for the highest achievable production efficiency and therefore the lowest possible costs.
This means that during the entire design process we not only check whether everything is structurally sound, but also continuously test whether all parts can be efficiently produced, transported and assembled on location. It's this mix and its coordination that determine the cost efficiency in implementation. For example, we use the entire CLT production landscape, because not every producer can do the same. Also read Production and logistics.
What exactly does this approach deliver?
An efficient and integrated process for designing and realizing wooden buildings according to a proven method:
  • The certainty that the design can be realized
  • No costs and delays due to miscommunication
  • High degree of price certainty
  • Short lead time of all phases. No delays
  • One stop shopping. All expertise under one roof
  • Full control for the client over process progress and costs