11 December 2018

A look back on TRADA’s most popular Case Studies

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TRADA prides itself on the wealth of resources it has to hand, in particular its exhaustive collection of beautiful Case Studies, dedicated to highlighting the incredible details of some of Britain’s most innovative timber buildings today.


Below we have compiled a short list of our most popular, most read Case Studies of the last few years; they are all award-winning structures from well-known architects and engineers that have broken new ground – with progressive design, use of timber or sustainability.



Harmondsworth Barn, Harmondsworth, Middlesex 


Grade 1-listed Harmondsworth Barn, the largest timber-framed medieval building in the country hailed a ‘masterpiece of carpentry’ by English Heritage, underwent a meticulous programme of conservation and repair by Ptolemy Dean Architects. The restoration gives the public an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of this historical building and the technology, method and sequence of its construction, together with the craft skills used in its restoration and repair.


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Long Sutton Studio, Hampshire 


Long Sutton Studio might appear to be a very traditional timber building at first glance, but a closer look reveals a contemporary approach to structure, form and detailing. The client, Tom Lloyd, wanted a building that could fulfil a series of basic functions: studio, workshop, garage and storeroom. Externally, the studio is an assembly of traditional materials – green oak, red brick, reclaimed roof tiles – reflecting those used on the main house. In contrast, the interior of the studio is a lofty single-volume space with all the timber elements clearly expressed and visible.


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Gloucester Services


‘A beacon of hope for hungry drivers looking for quality food’ was how an eminent restaurant critic described Gloucester Motorway Services, which serves the M5 near Brookethorpe, Gloucester. The quality does not only apply to the food; the new services and their landscaping take a fresh approach to motorway service design, a reinvention and reinvigoration of a well-known building type, which has won several awards.


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Sunbeams Music Centre, Penrith, Cumbria 


Sunbeams Music Centre, set in the heart of rural Cumbria, is the realisation of a long-held dream for Annie Mawson, a former special needs teacher who set up the musical therapy charity 25 years ago. Designed by Newcastle-based architects MawsonKerr, this stunning timber building was built using locally felled timber, bringing hope, beauty and a sense of well-being to severely disabled children and adults.


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Coastal House, Devon 


Coastal House is an early-twentieth century family home standing proud in an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. With commanding views out to sea, it presents a quintessentially English scene set in the green heartland of Devon. Timber has been used for dramatic effect both outside and in, complementing the building’s stone rubble walls and slate roof. 


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