Project Profile

Location: South West London

Frame: Ribbed roof structure for a school theatre

Timber: Glulam

Architect: Dinwiddie MacLaren Architects

Broomwood Hall School

An innovative solution using glulam timber frames made an otherwise unachievable project possible.


Although originally envisaged by the architects as a gridshell roof, a finite budget and the prices from other manufacturers were making a significant aesthetic compromise extremely likely. However when Carpenter Oak & Woodland became involved we applied some lateral thinking.We suggested a glue laminated ribbed roof structure that uses interlocking ribs and longitudinal purlins to create a similar aesthetic as a gridshell. The result is a striking roof structure with the aesthetic of a gridshell but within the clients’ financial reach.