Downland Gridshell - An Innovation in Timber Design

R J L Harris, O Kelly, M Dickson

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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
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2003

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Paper 12757


  • timber structures
  • structural frameworks
  • shells


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