Client: Buckfast Abbey / KLH UK
Architect: Gillespie Yunnie Architects
Value: £ 2.5m
Engineering Disciplines: Advanced Timber Engineering
Central to the brief for the new workshops was the Abbey's desire to create an environmentally responsible solution that remains sensitive to its historic surroundings. The project comprised of the demolition of the existing workshop buildings and their replacement with three clusters of cross laminated timber (CLT) panel structures.
Engenuiti was appointed to undertake the timber engineering of the CLT panels including connection design. Working closely with the architect the roof panels were engineered so that they acted as "hip" roofs thus removing the need for roof beams. The frame geometry was modelled in Sketch-Up indicating all the panel cut points and connections allowing the architect to control the detailing process.