John Brash Cedar Shingles were specified for the new Center Parcs Village, Woburn Forest, by David Gallimore at Holder Mathias Architects.
Gallimore previously specified John Brash Western Red Cedar Shingles at Whinfell Forest, in Cumbria, and was very pleased with the look, both on first installation and as the product gently weathered onsite.
Gallimore wanted to achieve the same effect for this Center Parcs project, and felt that shingles provided a soft friendly material. Another factor in the specification of the Western Red Cedar Shingles is that it would provide a low maintenance solution, proven in Cumbria, that wouldnt need any further treatment.
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The peace and tranquility of the Village will be one of the reasons families choose to visit.
Nestled in the woods, the main challenge for the main contractor, and in turn all specialist subcontractors, was how to build the Village without damaging the woodland that it sits in.
The logical challenge of moving people, plant and materials was carefully managed by main contractor Bowmer and Kirkland and was very complex.
To minimise the impact on the natural environment, traffic in the forest was kept to a minimum.
Site staff were bussed to and from the main site and deliveries to the site were booked in on notice only with a 1 hour delivery slot. This meant even more organisation than is usually required to co-ordinate materials and delivery. This system was tough but necessary to protect the site.
The design of the roof meant that it was by no means a straightforward job to install.
Shingles are a forgiving material to work with onsite and combined with a fixing system such as JB ShingleFix also makes the project as time efficient as possible.
The roof has two pitches and the shingles were to run in straight lines with hips. The roof is curved in plan as well as pitch and there was as much attention to detail required in getting the joist right to achieve the overall effect, as there was to the installation of the cedar shingles themselves.
The completed roof will provide a natural looking, sustainable solution that will provide a maintenance free roofing solution for many years to come.
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