Lyons O'Neill

Sweethaws Wood

Midway down a single track lane, this woodland retreat presented us with both access and buildabilty issues. Our structural solution had to allow for small elements to create a larger whole. With a 15m clear span and the inability to get a significant crane to site we looked hard at the buildability and sequence of construction to inform our solution.

The site constraints lead us to a standardised element with a standardised connection detail which allowed us to create a storey high Vierendeel truss which sat comfortably within the zones created by the architecture. With all the structure exposed, understanding the construction tolerances and the sequence meant we were able to develop a series of simple yet effective details to ensure crispness of finish whilst maintaining ease of build.

Architect Eldridge Smerin
Contractor Redwing Construction
Client Private
Value £1M