Author Archives: Carl Middleton

Buckland Timber at Chelsea Flower Show – 2019


We are very please to have played a small part in Chris Beardshaw gaining a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) gold medal this week at Chelsea Flower Show.

We were commissioned (in secret) in late 2018 to manufacture two magnet shaped glulam curved beams – these were to form part of the ‘built’ element in his garden design.

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To quote the RHS: The Morgan Stanley Garden is inspired by the UK’s love of beautiful gardens and explores how to continue the tradition of creating herbaceous-rich spaces, while managing resources more sensitively.

From the original design concept, to the growing of the plants, through to the garden’s construction, designer Chris Beardshaw has considered how innovative techniques and materials can be applied to the creation of gardens to ensure waste is minimised and products kept in circulation as long as possible.

A formal, linear terrace at the front of the garden is punctuated by large topiary domes; the straight lines of the pathway gradually fragment into a more sinuous and circuitous route over the rill and through the plant rich herbaceous borders towards two contemporary relaxation pods, which offer a space to reflect.

For more information about the winning design visit the RHS website – link below:

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Residential extensions, self building and home studios…


Even for the most discrete extension, annex, home office or garden studio Glulam can provide a viable and affordable option – manufactured ‘off site’ in our workshop. Where speed of construction is a concern and a beautiful exposed timber aesthetic is your desire why not consider Glulam?

For a little inspiration and insight have a look through our Small Project Case Studies and see the range of projects we have been recently working on – see link below:

Small Projects

Buckland Timber – work in progress…


Buckland Timber were recently commissioned to manufacture a complex Siberian Larch, glulam 4.5m cantilevered roof structure. We manufactured almost 200 different elements to make up the complete structure – including interlaced pockets, routing hanging plates and joining mechanisms – the complexity of the project was also compounded by the fact that no two elements were the same shape, size or angle. More photographs and details to follow once the project has been completed.

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Buckland Timber – Award winning construction in Bristol


Buckland Timber was commissioned to manufacture the structural portal frame for Rawling & Son’s new offices in Bristol. Rawlings & Son have been part of the fabric of Bristol’s commercial offer for over 150 years – they are one of the country’s leading bottling companies, specialising in manufacture, supply and logistics. This new space affords its occupants style, comfort and celebrates the material qualities of the build. Establishing a new industrial heritage in Glulam.

An award winning design for a cutting-edge, sustainable office new-build – the project was selected and won the British Council for Offices (BCO) annual award. The design and build quality contains all of the technical specification you would expect from a cutting edge office – and then some. This project is reflective of the success of the Bristolian company, but also celebrates the UK’s skills in design, material knowledge, manufacture and construction.

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Buckland Timber – Siberian Larch, Gothic Portal Frame


The range of commissions we receive at Buckland Timber span a great spectrum of size, material and complexity. One recent such commission was to manufacture four Gothic inspired portal frames. A very small order but once erected would make a very impressive space and building. Perhaps it is the material quality, shape and its siting, in Scotland adjacent to the waters edge which impacts and adds to the overall beauty of the project.

“I raised the frames I collected recently and they look terrific. Please pass on my thanks to the guys who made them and helped me load them for the journey back to Scotland. Attached are a few pictures in case they’re interested, although it is a very small self build project compared to your usual work”     Regards Andrew

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Buckland Timber – Rebuilding Exeter’s Architectural Heritage


Almost two years ago a tragic fire devastated Exeter’s architectural heritage – a line of buildings adjacent to Cathedral Green suffered such structural damage that a number of them would need to be totally rebuilt. The Royal Clarence hotel was one – famous for it’s international visitors include Admiral Nelson, Franz Liszt, Beatrix Potter, Thomas Hardy, Clark Gable and Gary Cooper.


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As the rebuild progresses, you can just make out our work peering on the skyline. A curved dome of glulam beams.


Work in progress – Buckland Timber on site at Vale Crematorium.


With all this great weather, dry days and lots of sunlight work is progressing well on site at Vale Crematorium. Buckland Timber have been commissioned to manufacture and install a Gothic arch inspired Siberian Larch, glulam portal frame. The photograph shows the scale of these huge glulam components – in comparison to the framework the diggers look very small indeed!

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Glulam portal frame completes exquisite swimming pool commission


The recent summer weather has helped our photography look even more idyllic, depicting the completed private swimming pool commission. We manufactured and supplied a beautifully detailed portal frame which was installed to construct a single pitched, flat roof structure. The design showcases the projecting beam ends and T&G soffit – giving the outside of the building a striking colour contrast between natural and man-made materials.

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Buckland Timber – Civic Trust Awards – Commendation


We are very pleased to announce that the Boilerhouse Café has received a Civic Trust commendation. After a comprehensive and rigorous judging process, sixty projects have been selected to receive either an Award or Commendation at the 2018 Civic Trust Awards Ceremony. Buckland Timber’s contribution to the construction of the Boilerhouse Café at the Royal Holloway University is part of one of the award winning teams.

To find out more about the project, award or the Civic Trust visit:

CPD dates for our diary: Timber Rising – Vertical Visions for the Cities of Tomorrow


Roca Gallery – London SW6 2PY – 9th February to 9th May 2018

The exhibition focuses on the most significant timber and glulam projects carried out to date world-wide, interviewing engineers, architects and designers looking forward to where wood will ultimately determine the shape and form new types of buildings and spaces.

The exhibition showcases examples of completed projects which sit alongside more ambitious concept and research proposals, showcasing what is possible today, and what may be possible in the future – with changing building codes and new thinking by developers, governments and the construction industry – for the cities of tomorrow.

Michael Green Architecture's proposed 35-story wooden skyscraper for Paris.

Michael Green Architecture’s proposed 35-story wooden skyscraper for Paris.



Among the projects featured are Treet (The tree), Artec AS’ 14-storey modular timber-framed apartment block in central Bergen, Norway, made from glulam and CLT; and Waugh Thistleton’s 2017 Dalston Lane in Hackney, currently the world’s largest CLT building: a ten-storey, 121-unit development made entirely of engineered timber.