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Work begins on timber frame for prestigious new Robert Burns birthplace museum

Posted on: 26th August 2011

The UK’s leading bespoke timber-frame engineering building company, Carpenter Oak & Woodland, is beginning work on a £400,000 project to build the timber frame for a new Robbie Burns museum in Scotland.

The timber frame is at the heart of a £17million project, by The National Trust for Scotland, to create a stunning new museum at the birthplace of Scotland’s most famous poet, Robert Burns.

This isn’t the first time that Angus-based Carpenter Oak & Woodland has been trusted to create the frame for a high-profile Scottish public building, having been responsible for the frame at the spectacular Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park Headquarters.

Based at the birthplace of Robbie Burns, the new museum is scheduled to be fully open by 2010, with most of the construction taking place in 2009, the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns.

While the idea of a timber frame might conjure up images of traditional barns, the new museum is a striking modern design, featuring an almost organic wave-shaped roof, created by architects Simpson & Brown. In keeping with this contemporary design, the frame combines timber with steel joints and steel cables. The frame itself will be constructed using locally sourced Douglas fir, with some single pieces of timber being as long as nine metres.

The project itself has been some years in the planning and has required £5.5million in funding from the Scottish Government and will be built on land donated by South Ayrshire Council worth almost £3million. Carpenter Oak & Woodland has had an in-depth involvement in the planning stage, working with the client, architect and engineers for two years.

Carpenter Oak & Woodland is Scotland’s primary supplier of bespoke and engineered timber frames and is part of a bigger UK organisation that has produced more bespoke timber frames than any other company.

Andy Parker, commercial director at Carpenter Oak & Woodland, believes that the company’s expertise in the field of large-scale timber engineering makes it the logical choice for such projects. “Timber is enjoying a well-earned renaissance in today’s architecture, but people want to see it used in a contemporary way. We’re used to solving challenging timber engineering issues that other framing companies would shy away from. This expertise enables us to help architects and engineers push back the boundaries of what is possible.”

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