When Sylva Foundation approached Benfield ATT to build their new Sylva Lodge, a fully functioning educational building for the Sylva Wood Centre at Long Wittenham, S. Oxfordshire, we jumped straight in.
The approved design
At Benfield our ethos of designing and producing low energy buildings, so promoting sustainability seems to go hand in hand with Sylva’s ethos of using home grown wood. This is something Benfield are working hard to incorporate into more of their builds.
All our carpenters have the steady hands and expert eyes needed for this work
The stopped chamfers to protect the corners of the wood from splitting
We sand down the timber to bring out the natural beauty of home grown Douglas Fir
We sourced high quality Douglas fir from Gloucestershire and sent it to our Cilfiegan Sawmill, near Usk in Monmouthshire, to be milled from the log and cut to the desired lengths for the build.
Our carpenters know how to knock wood into shape
The internal walls ready to go with the insulation fitting nicely
Once the timber was ready, it was transferred to our factory where our expert carpenters transformed it into a strong frame with three King post Feature trusses to support the roof. We will be assembling the frame on Sylva Foundation’s site, so one of our design features has been to use stopped chamfers on the beams. While being aesthetically pleasing, it also protects the edges of the timber from splitting and breaking away in transport and during erection.
The finished King Post Truss assembled to ensure it all fits together before it leaves our factory
The delivery in beautiful South Oxfordshire waiting to be unloaded
Our two deliveries have now both been delivered to site and the building work is underway.
Watch this space for more updates throughout the build and check out our gallery for more images.
The Sylva Foundation is an environmental charity that works across Britain caring for forests, to ensure they thrive for people and for nature. Its activities range from the myForest service, which supports more than 3500 woodland owners across Britain, to a forestry think-tank, and support for environmental education with young people. The Sylva Wood Centre in south Oxfordshire will soon be the charity's new home, and is being developed as an exciting hub for small businesses and craftspeople who design, innovate or make in wood – and those who want to learn the skills to do so. Read more: www.sylva.org.uk/wood