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Straw-Bale House, Edinburgh

This project was a straw-bale house that had already been built outside of Edinburgh and for which calculations were required to satisfy building control requirements. The building was interesting in that the structural timber was formed by two main A-frames that supported rounded-timber floors and roofs.


Shop Refurbishments

We often get asked to get involved in the refurbishment of business premises around York. This was on we helped out with in the city centre. Walls were to be removed inside an existing concrete framed building. We modelled the building in 3D to help with the analysis of the existing and proposed layouts.



new walls

This second one was a proposed refurbishment for a building in Bridlington which a developer wanted to convert to a Costa coffee house.

Costa Colour upper floor roof layout



Highdyke Timber Frame

A client in Cumbria wished to extend their house using a timber-framed construction in a traditional style. Timbers would be exposed and jointed using hand-crafted joints. We designed the frame and joints and provided detailed drawings of the joints to enable each member to be individually made from 3D drawings.general arrangement


Timber Support Bracket

We worked with a client who was pioneering a new thermally improved support bracket for timber I-joists. We carried out stress analyses on different options and were able to optimise the quantity of metal that was used to carry the same forces.

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Wild-life observation centre, North Cave

Some years ago we were asked to help design a wild-life observation centre at North Cave in East Yorkshire. We came up with a reciprocal roof structure which provided an unobstructed viewing from inside the shelter. The timber frame allows consecutive roof members to rest and dove-tail into adjoining members around a central point.


Walls were then formed with plastered straw-bales. We tried to use as little steel as possible so that all joints were hand-made.