The Wood Awards are Britain’s premier awards for the use of wood in buildings and this year two of our visitor centre projects have been shortlisted.
The prestigious Wood Awards are split into seven categories and of the four schemes shortlisted for the Repair & Adaptive Reuse category two are Carpenter Oak & Woodland projects. Although we are no strangers to the Wood Awards with no less than eight previous wins, we are delighted that both the Rosslyn Chapel and Stowe Gardens visitor centres have impressed the judges.
The oak frame at Rosslyn Chapel is an unusual design with a post and beam structure up to eaves level with longitudinal scissor bracing fabricated from 120mm x 120mm oak members. To add to the interest the 25m long roof is stepped along its length. The geometry of the roof combined with the challenging site conditions necessitated a complete trial assembly at our Wiltshire workshops to ensure that once on site the erection would be flawless. Once assembled on site the structure required thirty six manually operated chain hoists and some very careful coordination to lift it into place.
Our work at the visitor centre at Stowe Gardens is very unusual in combining conservation, reconstruction and new build in a single connected and unified group of buildings. The overall project is base on the restoration of the 1717 New Inn built as lodgings for visitors to the gardens. Around the courtyard of the inn a series of buildings accommodated the brew house, dairy and stables. Some of the period oak framing was sound enough to warrant careful conservation whilst other areas required complete renewal. In addition Carpenter Oak & Woodland were responsible for the construction of the timber frame for an entirely new building to house the shop and restaurant. Constructed from large sections of larch that had previously been felled on the estate and jointed with stainless steel plates the design was inspired by the fallen threshing barn.
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