Large span timber structures

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More architects are building bigger projects than ever in wood, as new timber technology and engineering expands wood's structural potential and opens new opportunities to explore the natural organic beauty of this most environmentally friendly building material.

Large span timber structures provides a snapshot of some of the larger timber projects recently completed in Europe.

This brochure examines some of the largest glulam and laminated veneer lumber (LVL) structures built across Europe, from Sheffield to Berlin.


  • Sheffield Winter Garden
  • Oslo airport
  • North Rhine Westphalia Representatives Building
  • Velux Building
  • Eno Library
  • Darlaston Swimming Pool
  • Hannover Expo Canopy
  • South Bank University
  • Auto Carrera
  • Vikki teaching and research farm
  • Hounslow East underground station
  • Pohjola football stadium
  • Padre Pio pilgrimage church
  • Leonardo bridge
  • Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha temple

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Professionals undertaking surveys of timber frame buildings should have an understanding of the overall design and typical detailing employed in this form of construction.

The approach to surveying a timber framed house is no different from that used for other methods of construction. There are many similarities with brick...

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Sole plates in timber frame constructionnavigation-arrow

Sole plates are a vital element in a timber framed building. Their installation has a direct effect on the building's service life, line, level and plumb, and contributes to the speed of construction.

This Wood Information Sheet provides advice on getting the installation of sole plates right first...

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