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Location: Dorest

Frame: Aisled arched braced truss

Timber: Oak

Architect: Columba

St. Dominic’s Priory

St. Dominic’s Priory stands in the heart of the New Forest, just outside Lymington and is home to ten sisters.


Project profile

Timber frames have been used in ecclesiastical buildings since time immemorial and the tradition continues. Maybe it is the ability of wood to bring both a sense of majesty and warmth to a building that makes it so appealing. This new oak timber frame at St. Dominic’s Priory has a sense of honesty and simplicity that is congruent with the use of the building.

Commissioned by the Dominican sisters of St Joseph the building of St. Dominic’s Priory is cruciform in design – a rather apt shape for a religious building.

About St. Dominic’s Priory oak frame

The timber used at St. Dominic’s Priory is oak and was modeled on an aisle barn construction. The frame is in the style of an arch brace cross frame but with a few subtle differences – there is a space between the arch whereas normally there wouldn’t be. This gives the same arch brace effect but using less timber and actually increases the structural integrity of the build. The frame is double ailsed – this also helps to again make the frame stronger as it increases the triangulation. The oak frame has been left exposed and the internal and external panels have been finished with lime render.

We have completed a number of ecclesiastical buildings – including the famous Rossyln Chapel in Scotland (made famous by the blockbuster film The Davinci Code) and Elmore Abbey near Newbury.


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