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Wood Chip Barn

Most timber used in buildings today is machined, glued and fabricated, creating standard products from what was a very non-standard element, a tree. Yet trees have an inherent, natural strength and geometry; the branching forks of a standing tree show...

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Stihl Treetop Walkway

A new high-level walkway at Westonbirt Arboretum gives visitors the chance to travel through the tree canopy at a height previously only experienced by birds and squirrels. This dramatic structure, the Stihl Treetop Walkway, winds through the Grade I-listed historic...

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Mellor Primary School

Mellor is a small village not far from the Stockport / Manchester conurbation yet on the edge of open country and the Peak District National Park. Its primary school, looking out over woods and fields, has a ‘Forest School’ ethos,...

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Wolfson Tree Management Centre, Westonbirt Arboretum

Two radical timber buildings at the National Arboretum in Gloucestershire demonstrate how timber from trees felled in the routine maintenance of the estate were processed on site into structure and cladding, and constructed by volunteers and trainee carpenters. Westonbirt Arboretum...

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Stanbrook Abbey, Wass, Yorkshire

Stanbrook Abbey was described in the RIBA National Awards citation as 'A truly extraordinary piece of architecture… To execute such a beautiful organic form suggests divine intervention. It sits majestically within the woodland, rising out of the ground to form...

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121, St. Clare's, Oxford

St. Clare’s is a private sixth-form college which provides courses in the International Baccalaureate. It was founded in 1953 and has 375 students, most of whom are boarders. The college is housed in a number of discreet ‘villas’ along the...

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Maggie's at the Robert Parfett Building

When the late Maggie Keswick Jencks was diagnosed with cancer, she resolved to do something to help others who had the same diagnosis, to create a place of refuge for them where they would find practical and emotional support in...

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Long Sutton Studio, Hampshire

Set at the end of a long rural track in Hampshire, Long Sutton Studio is a building which celebrates timber in its many forms: softwood and hardwood, laminated, planed and rough sawn. Timber is the predominant material, used for both...

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Café, The Level, Brighton

A new café, designed by Knox Bhavan Architects, stands at the heart of The Level, a well-used and historic park on the main approach to Brighton. The park landscape has been restored and revitalised by Land Use Consultants (LUC) with...

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The Helix, St Mary's Hospital, London

The Healthcare Innovation Exchange (HELIX) Centre is a new building with a radical concept; to explore how designers might work together with clinical practitioners in an acute general hospital to improve healthcare. A new idea, for instance, might push the...

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House, Sussex

This elegant house stands on a ridge in Sussex looking out over the South Downs, whose distant hills are reflected in the undulating surfaces of the cross-laminated timber (CLT) roof.

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The Observatory: The Study and The Workshop, various sites

In the summer of 2015 the idyllic shoreline of Lymington-Keyhaven Nature Reserve was home to a pair of lightweight timber cabins, known collectively as The Observatory.

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Maggie's Oxford Centre, Oxford, Oxfordshire

Maggie’s Centres were inspired by the late Maggie Keswick Jencks, herself a sufferer from cancer; they offer a place of refuge for people with cancer, their family and friends, where they can find free practical and emotional support, a chance...

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The Enterprise Centre, Norwich, East Anglia

The Enterprise Centre, a new building on the University of East Anglia (UEA) campus is an outstanding example of sustainability and low-embodied carbon construction.

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Arcadia Nursery, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh

Arcadia Nursery was created to provide early-years education for children of university staff, students and the general public and caters for up to 113 children ranging in age from six weeks to five years.

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Constellations Bar, Liverpool, Merseyside

A dramatic timber canopy shelters the Constellations Bar, a new community space in The Baltic Triangle, between the Anglican cathedral and Queen's Dock, a former industrial area in Liverpool which has evolved into a creative district.