The Jubilee Pool – Hillingdon, Middlesex

A single-storey framework designed to enclose a school’s existing swimming pool – protecting it from the elements, and making the pool a much more luxurious space for the pupils to use and enjoy.

It’s very common to see glulam beams and timber frameworks adopted for the construction of swimming pools and leisure spaces. In this instance, a private school commissioned Buckland Timber to manufacture and supply a glulam framework to enclose their existing outdoor swimming pool.

The completed structure affords a beautifully natural finish, making the space an ideal environment (free from the constraints of the UK weather) to relax all year round and spend time.

The combination of Spruce and Cedar, although different in tone and grain definition when used together complement each other very well to form a very dramatic, naturally comfortable space.


  • Project: Hillingdon Manor School
  • Commission: Engineering design, manufacture and installation.
  • Architect: Mark Baldwin
  • Project: New cover to an existing pool for a school.
  • Commission: Engineering design, supply and installation of the frame.
  • Timber: Framework – glulam in Spruce. Internal cladding Cedar (supplied by others).
  • Fixings: Concealed internal fixings / stainless base shoe.
  • Finish: The structural beams and purlins were prepared off-site, sanded and varnished as part of the final interior finish.
  • Cost (approx): £150 per square metre – for engineering design and manufacture.