Testing a principle: double-curved timber roof

28 February 2020

Even in the modern age of computer design, there is sometimes nothing better than building a mock-up to test a principle.

In the case of the Morgan Visitors Centre, an innovative double-curved timber roof required just such an approach to ensure the plywood skin could be bent to the correct shape.

Joe Williams, our Engineer working on the project, was invited to take a visit to the factory to see the process as it happened. The images show the full-sized trial of part of the new entrance roof, built in the Constructional Timber factory in Barnsley. You can also see the very impressive piece of computer aided cutting machinery used to fabricate it… maybe computers also have their place then!