Retrofit

New chapter for Oxford Story Museum
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Gripsure has played a key part in the transformation of the Story Museum in Oxford. The much-loved attraction has undergone a £6 million revamp, which involved extending, altering and refurbishing a mixture of existing buildings to create space for interactive exhibitions, displays, theatre performances and activities. At the museum's core...
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Transforming a former church into a welcoming community centre
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Konishi Gaffney’s overhaul of the Greyfriars Charteris Centre in Edinburgh dramatically transformed the existing buildings. It created flexible events spaces and an elegant nondenominational sanctuary. Sitting at the base of Arthur’s Seat, an ancient volcano, the original Greyfriars church was built in 1912. Its community outreach and enterprise centre was...
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‘Making buildings sing’ – a panel on timber retrofit and reuse
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After three days displaying the Wood Awards shortlist exhibition at gallery@Oxo on the Southbank, TDUK hosted a live talk as part of the Material Matters programme of sessions exploring material intelligence with architects and designers. Responding to Material Matter’s overarching concern with the reuse of waste materials and the sustainable...
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Hemphasise wins TDUK Student Challenge
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A mixed-discipline student team from across the UK took the top spot in the 2023 TDUK University Design Challenge, as they competed to reimagine and retrofit a real-life building using timber. The University Design Challenge is the premier competition for students who wish to better understand how to design and...
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A panel with character
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Here, we take an in-depth look at Clear-Faced Douglas Fir Decorative Plywood, available in the UK from DHH Panel Products. Canadian Clear-Faced Douglas Fir is a decorative plywood that’s full of character and flair, and often chosen for its distinctive appearance. Its matured, sophisticated face, combined with a wild orange...
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University Design Challenge 2023 Magazine
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Featuring details of the winning and selected entry designs, student learnings and feedback from the University Design Challenge 2023: Climate Responsive Retrofit
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Read the new issue of Designing Timber – out now
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Packed with inspiring stories of stylish timber buildings, the new Designing Timber magazine is out now. For all the latest timber news, building case studies and valuable CPD, look no further than our informative new issue. One of the Osnaburgh Pavilions, a honeycomb-like gridshell structure created by Xylotek An essential...
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Street scene showing the corner of the Technique Building, where the lower front building meets the higher back.
Moving on up: timber takes Technique Building to new heights
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How did mass timber add extra floors - and a whole lot of flair - to the Technique Building? We catch up with Andy Heyne, of structural engineers Heyne Tillett Steel, to find out all the details. The building at 132 Goswell Road has been many things. Once it was...
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Water Tower from Tonkin Liu - Dennis Pedersen
Water Tower
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In this retrofit project by Tonkin Liu, a steel-framed water tower has undergone a dramatic transformation to become a part-time residence for photographer Dennis Pedersen and his family.
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Climate response retrofit
Getting into the details of retrofit in a timber frame
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In the fourth and final webinar of the #TDChallenge23 series, three retrofit experts got into the nitty gritty of detailing for timber frame buildings. Gervase Mangwana, Florence Collier and Beth Williams spoke about airtightness and moisture, M&E ventilation, and structural considerations. After presenting at last week’s talk on the AECB...
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