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Home grown timber showcased in Norfolk Barn Project

BSW Timber joins forces with pioneering architectural practice, Studio Bark, to create a unique building project in the Norfolk countryside.

Home grown timber showcased in Norfolk Barn Project

The company has provided easi-edge timber for Warren Lodge, a timber frame barn located on a former rabbit warren near Swaffham, to promote the use of home-grown UK timber.

The project forms part of Bark Live Build 2015, which aimed to complete the building in eight weeks using architectural students to assist in its construction. Central to the building ethos was the use of local materials to create a low impact building that fitted with its environment.

Wilf Meynell, Studio Bark’s project lead, said: “Bark Live Build is all about celebrating small scale timber-framed buildings using local materials, allowing architectural students to get closer to the design and building process.

“We are especially pleased with the finished building, Warren Lodge, which replicates the traditional barns of the Norfolk countryside combining a super-insulated airtight timber frame with reclaimed bricks for the skin.

“It’s a low impact building which has been constructed entirely of local materials, and we hope it will provide a blueprint for an environmentally-sensitive and innovative design.

“BSW were an absolute pleasure to work with. Their passion for high quality British timber made them the perfect supplier for Bark Live Build 2015.”

For BSW Timber, the project provided an opportunity to promote the company’s commitment to the Grown in Britain campaign, which promotes forests and forestry products manufactured in the UK.

Eve Johnson, BSW head of marketing, said: “Since gaining the Grown in Britain licence in April this year, we have worked hard to showcase best-practice projects which use home-grown UK timber.

“Warren Lodge is a great example of this, and shows what can be done by combining locally sourced materials to create a low impact yet aesthetically brilliant designed building surrounded by wonderful British countryside. It really is a building for the future, and I am delighted BSW has contributed to it.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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