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Private Highly Commended 2013

Project Title: Trewarren
Location: Newport, Pembrokeshire
Wood Species and Products Used: Iroko, Canadian Western red cedar
Building client/owner: Private
Architect: John Pardey Architects
Structural Engineer: Barton Engineers
Main Contractor/Builder: Carreg Construction Ltd
Joinery Company: Carreg Construction Ltd
Wood Supplier: Brooks Timber, Essex
Other services: Pren Joinery

Iroko combines strength and stiffness with a fine grain, good colour, and visual quality not found in softwoods, allowing the designers to create joinery quality connections in a primary structural timber frame.

The brief for the frame was to create a post and beam structural form with clean lines and no fussy connections. This was a particularly difficult brief given that the exposed cliff top location demanded that the frame resist high wind forces. The chosen solution was a standardised structural connection used for all of the beam to post junctions. A single resin bonded stainless steel rod inserted into the column heads was used, that then allowed for two or more beam components to be clamped down to form a structurally sound connection with no plates or screws visible. The result is a joint of the quality expected in a piece of furniture rather than a primary structural frame.