Shipton conservatory

This oak-framed conservatory was designed by the architect David Austin, with whom we have collaborated on numerous projects. It involved a series of three arch braced trusses and a fully glazed gable-end frame, creating a spacious and light room in a relatively small space.

extension, arch brace truss, timber frame, oak frame, green oak, roof truss

Here is one of the arch brace trusses at our workshop, with all the joints cut and pinned together for a test fitting before transporting on-site:

arch brace truss, timber frame, oak frame, green oak, roof truss

In this close-up image you can see how the joints are put together:

arch brace truss, timber frame, oak frame, green oak, roof truss

We use metal pins at this stage instead of the traditional oak pegs as they come out a lot more easily. Next we dismantled the frames and transported them to the site:

arch brace truss, timber frame, oak frame, green oak, roof truss

We erected the frame on site using a small crane. In this image you can see it starting to take shape:

arch brace truss, timber frame, oak frame, green oak, roof truss

Finally the frame was cleaned up before the rest of the build continued.

This is the completed project:

arch brace truss, timber frame, oak frame, green oak, roof truss