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Five-storey timber frame for University of Wales

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A student block described by the Forestry Commission as Britain's biggest timber-framed building is nearing completion.

The five storeys of study bedrooms for University of Wales Aberystwyth cost £3.5 million and have been arranged in a courtyard behind new stone facades. They replicate a Grade II-listed hall of residence with a facade of four double-fronted houses that were burned down last year. Partneriaeth James Jenkins Architects was given consent to demolish on condition the fronts, with bay and sash windows, Bath and Portland stone, were replicated. More than 130 study bedrooms are being built in 33 flats behind.

Partner Harry James said: 'Because the building was five storeys, we had to work with our engineers Ateb Consult, the bre and Timber Research and Development Association to ensure there was no risk of disproportionate collapse, like Ronan Point.'

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