Great Sideling, Wellington

This project commission was for a new Paragraph 79 house near Wellington.

The building and landscape were designed sensitively to the defining characteristics of the local area, and the architecture intended to highlight the beauty of a natural material so the customer wanted a high-quality bespoke glulam frame.

Buckland was approached after planning was received for the project. Using locally British-grown beech supplied by UK Hardwoods, the unusual geometry of the connection between the curved rafters and the supporting posts created the frame and wavey form of the roof.

A clear vision from the architect made the structural design process go smoothly for a potentially tricky design, and the success led to this project being shortlisted for Private Housing Project of the Year in the 2023 Structural Timber Awards.

Great Sideling has a blog which gives some fascinating insights on how a project of this size takes shape – you can read more about it here.


  • Project: Great Sidleing
  • Commission: Paragraph 79 house
  • Architect: Justin Chapman
  • Main Contractor: CW Build Ltd
  • Engineer: Robin Nicholson glulam frame, StructurHaus
  • Timber: British-grown beech glulam internally, larch glulam externally
  • Fixings: galvanised steel connection brackets and fixings
  • Finish: Best visual, clear varnish protection
  • Cost (approx. 2023): £515/m²  per square metre – for design, manufacture and installation
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