UK Hardwoods Building

Tom Bedford from UK Hardwoods had the idea to build a woodshed from glulam and got in touch with us to design and manufacture the frame. However, this was not to be just any old shed. Not only was it built using wood felled from their land, it ended up being the largest UK grown glulam structure made.

The wood used by Buckland to make the glulam frame came from land owned by the Bedford family – which had already been earmarked for felling due to larch disease. The concept of using this wood to create a storage building, to the build being fully completed only took one year almost to the day. What’s more, the whole project took place within a 27-mile radius including the felling and sawing of the timber, design, manufacture and installation – the build itself only took four days!

Larch glulam posts and a pitched curved rafter formed the structure, which was then clad with larch and completed with the sheep’s wool insulated panels. Its clear span design with no central posts avoids destroying the utility of the building – making it both practical and visually appealing.

This building is a great example of local businesses working together to make use of timber sustainably and creatively, and we’re delighted it made the shortlist in the 2022 Wood Awards.


  • Project: UK Hardwoods Building
  • Commission: Glulam Woodshed
  • Architect: Tom Bedford
  • Main Contractor: Wedgewood Building
  • Engineer: Buckland Timber
  • Timber: UK Larch
  • Fixings: concealed resin anchors
  • Finish:  none
  • Cost (approx 2019): £85 per square metre – for design and manufacture
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