Vitsœ HQ & Production Building

Universal building system showcasing innovative timber use and resolution of the exposed structure.


Royal Leamington Spa




Building Concept and Design

Vitsœ,  Martin Francis

Delivery Architect

Waugh Thistleton

British furniture manufacturer Vitsœ has designed a new HQ and production building as an extension of its system-thinking. Spanning 135 metres in length, 25 metres in width and 6 metres in height, the structure is engineered to be modular, flexible, adaptable, and self-explanatory, with innovative material use.


The timber structure comprises hardwood, beech laminate-veneer lumber (LVL) and cross laminated timber walls (CLT) for both the envelope and internal shear walls. One of the first projects in the UK where it is extensively used, the LVL has twice the strength of typical glue-laminated timber beams resulting in an elegantly slender, exposed frame. A total of 1,020 cubic metres of timber are used, representing 806 tonnes of sequestered carbon.

To avoid piles and settlements of the ground floor slab, an innovative stabilisation technique strengthened the made ground. As a result, only pad and strip footings were necessary to support the superstructure representing a significant saving in cost.

Vitsœ HQ & Production Building

Royal Leamington Spa


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