Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Frame detail: Colerne Primary School dining rooms, Colerne, Somerset, by Mitchell Taylor Workshop

  • Comment

[Working detail 31.03.11] The project was driven by the need to find a low-cost timber structural system to span nine metres

Frame construction

I was introduced to the project by timber framer Charley Brentnall. We wanted to do a low-cost didactic timber-framed building, and our early sketches were too complicated and expensive, forcing a very simple and economical scheme that didn’t try too hard.

The section is based around a plywood flitch/Douglas fir truss that we developed into a solid bow string truss, portalised with stiffeners at the corners. It’s cheap and simple and also avoids the upwards thrust of more conventional bow string trusses. The Douglas fir was grown and milled locally, and the trusses built in Charley’s workshop two miles from the school. The plywood is laminated in overlapping sheets and glued and bolted together with countersunk hex-headed bolts.

I became fetishistic about the language of the carpenter’s temporary constructional gear – the jigs, wedges, props etc and, as ever, came away wondering if more of that theatre of construction should have been retained in the finished building.

Piers Taylor, founding partner, Mitchell Taylor Workshop

Click on the image below to see a full-size pdf

  • Comment

Related files

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs

AJ Jobs