Project Profile

Location: Roslin, Scotland

Building: Engineered roof structure

Timber: Oak

Architect: Page + Park

Rosslyn Chapel


Just 20 minutes outside Edinburgh, Rosslyn Chapel nestles alongside the village of Roslin which it is thought grew up around the Chapel to house the craftsman building it.

Rosslyn Chapel was fairly unknown until it featured in Dan Brown’s book and visitor numbers soared. Two years later the chapel appeared in the film The Davinci Code, further raising the Chapels profile with visitor number up from 30,000 to 175,000 in the aftermath of the blockbuster film. With visitors numbers so high th e old visitors centre was insufficient so Carpenter Oak & Woodland were approached to build a new timber engineered visitors centre.

Designed by Page Park architects in Glasgow the new visitor centre is an extension to the existing and part of a wider contract that includes the conservation of the Chapel.

The oak frame comprises a green oak post and beam structure up to eaves level supporting longitudinal scissor bracing (inspired by gridshells) fabricated from 120mm x 120mm oak to form the roof structure. To add to the interest the 25m long roof is stepped along its length and rather uniquely the post and beam frame is jointed using resin bonded steel rod and plate connections designed by project engineers Elliott & Company.

The timber engineered roof structure of the visitors centre at Rosslyn Chapel has a diagonal struts system and is made of oak (which has been stained, explaining the darker appearance). Our clients are delighted with their timber engineered visitors centre and love the modern appearance of the building in contrast with the historic chapel. Visit Rosslyn Chapel website to find out more about the Chapel and of course the timber engineered visitors centre.