A beginner’s guide to Post and Beam

Post and beam was used for London's award-winning Black and White Building; © Waugh Thistleton architects
A beginner’s guide to Post and Beam
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In this extract from Timber Typologies - TDUK's handy introduction to the main timber construction methods - we take a look at post and beam construction. Combining MMC Category 2 and 3 products, and evolving from lightweight timber frame construction, post and beam systems rely upon the load-bearing capabilities of...
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Eton College Sports & Aquatic Centre
Timber is the star at Eton’s pool and sports hall
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A timber structure clad in brick, Eton Sports & Aquatic Centre has become a much-loved asset to the College that's also used by the local community. The project came to Hopkins architects after they’d made a good first impression via a previous competition entry. They hadn’t won, but it had...
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timber neighbourhood
Planning permission granted for UK’s largest timber neighbourhood
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Human Nature’s radically sustainable plan for 685 new timber-frame homes for Lewes, in East Sussex, has been approved. One year after the proposal to transform a neglected 7.9-hectare brownfield site into a vibrant green neighbourhood was announced, the Phoenix development has been given the go ahead by the South Downs...
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Lea Bridge Library by Studio Weave
A second life for fallen London trees
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Beautifully lined in a colourful patchwork of hardwoods from felled urban trees, Studio Weave’s pavilion is a dynamic and delightful addition to Lea Bridge Library. Images © Jim Stephenson. A red pre-cast concrete colannade runs the length of the wing. The non-structural columns contain downpipes taking rainwater to the tree...
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Demountable timber housing
Demountable timber housing for 370 refugees – using no concrete at all
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A building that had to be erected quickly and which could also be taken down within ten years: these were the criteria for the Rigot Collective Dwelling Centre, a two-building complex providing housing for 370 refugees in Rigot Park in Geneva, Switzerland. The client was Hospice Général - the main...
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CLT
An extra CLT timber floor adds art gallery chic to Lower James Street
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A beautiful old Soho office building needed a refurb. Mass timber was the perfect material to provide an extra floor at the same time. “At the time, looking to extend a building with CLT wasn’t all that common,” recalls Matt Hale, Director at Hale Brown Architects. “I think Lower James...
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‘New Model Building’ launched to help decarbonise housing
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New Model Building, a set of design principles demonstrating how mass timber can be used safely to construct residential buildings up to 18m in height, in full compliance with UK building regulations and local policy set by bodies such as the Greater London Authority, is now available to download for...
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Is mass timber the future of the workplace?
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The use of mass timber in the commercial sector has seen a recent flourishing in the UK, with increasing interest from investors. Here, some of the frontrunners in the industry explain why. Occupiers want healthy and sustainable workspaces Alex Dunn, research manager at Cromwell Property Group, has undertaken extensive research...
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Address acoustic challenges in mass timber through CLT
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CDM Stravitec has created a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course on using lightweight acoustic floating floors in combination with cross-laminated timber (CLT), exploring how these systems can address acoustic challenges in mass timber construction. This online course presents the airborne sound reduction and impact noise isolation of lightweight floating floor...
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Training goes on tour to improve construction techniques and installation skills
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Rothoschool on Tour - an event dedicated to improving timber construction techniques and installation skills - is visiting the NMITE Centre for Advanced Timber Technology in Hereford on 18th May. The day-long event, organised by Rothoblaas, is dedicated to mass timber constructions, and will enable both aspiring professionals and experts...
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