25 August 2020

International Timber supplies C24 grade timber to O’Donnell Brown Architects

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TRADA member International Timber recently teamed up with O’Donnell Brown Architects to construct a community classroom – a self-initiated research project and build.


Composed of a simple timber structure, the space is an adaptable outdoor learning environment for schools and community groups, which employs a functional and periodic design. Timber was also used to provide seating, shelving, worktops and even presentation surfaces.


The Community Classroom provides a system which promotes and supports creative and independent learning in a healthy, versatile and fun environment.


International Timber supplied C24 grade timber, which was used as a result of its high strength and regularity. The structural timber product was stained white so it would match the WISA ply which formed the roof.


O’Donnell Brown worked in collaboration with Barnardo’s Works during the build process and four young volunteers from the charity programme assisted in the painting and construction of the timber frame.


Charles Dunn from O’Donnell Brown architects said: ‘International Timber’s involvement was key to the success of the project, as a result of the extensive dialogue regarding the timber specification and the design process, all the way through to the delivery of the materials.


‘Using high-quality materials was imperative to ensure the success of the job, which is why the structure and design was based around simple, standard lengths of timber.


‘We were pleased to be able to work closely with four young volunteers from Barnardo’s Works during the project, who assisted greatly with the preparation and assembly of the timber frame.


‘The whole process was seamless and I think the minimal palette of materials and tone allowed the design of the building to really shine through.’


Now complete, the space has housed a number of local community groups.


The partnership between International Timber and O’Donnell Brown Architects continues to flourish and there are currently a number of further events and projects in progress.


Photography: © Ross Campbell