Bridges & unique structures
These are some of our favourite projects, allowing us to think creatively and bring life to an artistic vision. Timber is an amazing material with fantastic engineering properties and a beautiful look and feel. If you stop to think about it, nature really has gifted us with an amazing material which is also carbon neutral and recycleable.
These projects allow us to show off these fantastic properties and to use our knowledge of post and beam framing to create interesting and often rather wonderful structures!
For more images of these unsusual timber structures click here to see our porfolio.
This bridge was fabricated in partnership with world-renowned designer, Richard La Trobe Bateman. The whole structure sits on rollers and is designed to be easily moved backwards and forwards.
This structure was originally designed in steel by internationally acclaimed architect Peter Smithson. We redesigned the obelisk following his principles with engineer John Beveridge to create this intriguing structural folly, which stands in the grounds of Hadspen House, Somerset. The finished design uses a mix of oak and complex steelwork, which was provided by local specialists, Paul Bannell Engineering.
This was our second project for local architectural patron, Niall Hobhouse. We worked in partnership with David Grandorge (architect) and his students at London Metropolitan University, consulting on the design and construction of this interesting belvedere. Much of the oak was sourced from the Hadspen Estate and the design includes a cantilevered roof deck that collects rainwater for agricultural use. This project was listed in Architect’s Journal in its Small Projects 2011 article.
Hadspen Dairy House
We also worked for Niall on this award winning project as consultant timber experts, liaising with architect, Charlotte Skene-Catling. As well as providing support and advice we prototyped the structure – pictured here.
Chelsea Flower Show 2006
We were commissioned by garden designer Stuart Perry, for his garden, “These Four Walls”, the Halifax Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. The BBC’s Joe Swift said it was “One of the best ever seen at Chelsea”.
We’ve done a number of projects for repeat clients, River Cottage. These include a unique shelter known as the “bus stop”, which was shortlisted for a Wood Award and can be seen in our portfolio along with photos of other work we’ve done on this site. This picture shows Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in our cruck marquee, which we loaned them for a special event at River Cottage HQ.