Timber for the frame came from the National Trust’s nearby Ashridge forest. It was air dried for two years previously to reduce movement and splitting. Chosen for durability, the larch was precision engineered to reduce time on site and eliminate wastage.
The shop entrance is constructed in green oak and contains queen post trusses with a metal rod from apex to tie beam. The roof of the ‘New Inn’ is also constructed from green oak with the main oak frame comprising of tie beams, main wall frames, primary rafters and engaged purlins. The eccentricity of varying shapes of the jowl posts and randomly spaced studs remain.
The project won National and Regional RIBA awards and the national Wood Award.