Downland Gridshell - An Innovation in Timber Design

R J L Harris, O Kelly, M Dickson

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

9 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Innovations in timber construction are relatively rare these days. However, a modest utility building at an open-air museum in Sussex has attracted worldwide attention for the novel features of its double-layer timber gridshell roof. Apart from being the first such structure in Britain, it was the first built with ‘optimised’ green oak, the first designed in accordance with the new timber Eurocode and the first to use a new patented node joint system. It sets a new benchmark for lightweight, sustainable, cost-effective construction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-33
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Civil Engineering
Volume156
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2003

Fingerprint

Timber
Innovation
Museums
Roofs
Costs

Keywords

  • timber structures
  • structural frameworks
  • shells

Cite this

Downland Gridshell - An Innovation in Timber Design. / Harris, R J L; Kelly, O; Dickson, M.

In: Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Civil Engineering, Vol. 156, No. 1, 02.2003, p. 26-33.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Harris, R J L ; Kelly, O ; Dickson, M. / Downland Gridshell - An Innovation in Timber Design. In: Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Civil Engineering. 2003 ; Vol. 156, No. 1. pp. 26-33.
@article{819bc770627c40d3b5ca5f59342ebb5e,
title = "Downland Gridshell - An Innovation in Timber Design",
abstract = "Innovations in timber construction are relatively rare these days. However, a modest utility building at an open-air museum in Sussex has attracted worldwide attention for the novel features of its double-layer timber gridshell roof. Apart from being the first such structure in Britain, it was the first built with ‘optimised’ green oak, the first designed in accordance with the new timber Eurocode and the first to use a new patented node joint system. It sets a new benchmark for lightweight, sustainable, cost-effective construction.",
keywords = "timber structures, structural frameworks, shells",
author = "Harris, {R J L} and O Kelly and M Dickson",
note = "Paper 12757",
year = "2003",
month = "2",
doi = "10.1680/cien.156.1.26.36752",
language = "English",
volume = "156",
pages = "26--33",
journal = "Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Civil Engineering",
issn = "0965-089X",
publisher = "Thomas Telford (ICE Publishing)",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Downland Gridshell - An Innovation in Timber Design

AU - Harris, R J L

AU - Kelly, O

AU - Dickson, M

N1 - Paper 12757

PY - 2003/2

Y1 - 2003/2

N2 - Innovations in timber construction are relatively rare these days. However, a modest utility building at an open-air museum in Sussex has attracted worldwide attention for the novel features of its double-layer timber gridshell roof. Apart from being the first such structure in Britain, it was the first built with ‘optimised’ green oak, the first designed in accordance with the new timber Eurocode and the first to use a new patented node joint system. It sets a new benchmark for lightweight, sustainable, cost-effective construction.

AB - Innovations in timber construction are relatively rare these days. However, a modest utility building at an open-air museum in Sussex has attracted worldwide attention for the novel features of its double-layer timber gridshell roof. Apart from being the first such structure in Britain, it was the first built with ‘optimised’ green oak, the first designed in accordance with the new timber Eurocode and the first to use a new patented node joint system. It sets a new benchmark for lightweight, sustainable, cost-effective construction.

KW - timber structures

KW - structural frameworks

KW - shells

UR - http://dx.doi.org/10.1680/cien.156.1.26.36752

U2 - 10.1680/cien.156.1.26.36752

DO - 10.1680/cien.156.1.26.36752

M3 - Article

VL - 156

SP - 26

EP - 33

JO - Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Civil Engineering

JF - Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Civil Engineering

SN - 0965-089X

IS - 1

ER -