Project Profile

Location: Westonbirt Arboretum

Frame: Scissor Brace Truss

Timber: Douglas fir

Architect: Roderick James Architects


Maples Restaurant, National Arboretum

Maples Restaurant at the National Arboretum combines traditional framing techniques with modern materials to creates a building that is contemporary yet sympathetic to its location.


The National Arboretum at Westonbirt in Gloucestershire is home to some of the rarest and most beautiful trees in the world. The restaurant provides for thousands of visitors, particularly during the peak seasons during spring and autumn. Using a combination of a traditionally jointed Douglas fir scissor brace truss, steel bracing and lots of glass the building has a spacious, contemporary feel. The unusual overhang on the eaves provides a really pleasant covered area for eating alfresco with great views across the valley and arboretum.