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Project Info

Iroko combines strength and stiffness with a fine grain, good colour, and visual quality not found in softwoods, allowing the designers to create joinery quality connections in a primary structural timber frame.

The brief for the frame was to create a post and beam structural form with clean lines and no fussy connections. This was a particularly difficult brief given that the exposed cliff top location demanded that the frame resist high wind forces. The chosen solution was a standardised structural connection used for all of the beam to post junctions. A single resin bonded stainless steel rod inserted into the column heads was used, that then allowed for two or more beam components to be clamped down to form a structurally sound connection with no plates or screws visible. The result is a joint of the quality expected in a piece of furniture rather than a primary structural frame.

LocationNewport, Pembrokeshire

ArchitectJohn Pardey Architects

Structural EngineerBarton Engineers

Wood SupplierBrooks Timber, Essex

ContractorCarreg Construction Ltd

SpeciesIroko, Canadian Western red cedar


JoineryCarreg Construction Ltd,