Gwithian Towans, Cornwall – what a beautiful place to build 17 quality timber frame chalets

Work is progressing well in Gwithian down in sunny Cornwall, 4 chalet’s complete with 13 more to follow soon.

Looking forward to seeing the finished results, the chalet designs certainly have some interesting features. From mysterious holes in the floors to fully vaulted ceilings, circular port holes to large roof lights and who can miss our 6’4″ site erector!!

Old Tiverton Rd, Exeter – When we asked for our Banners to be visible, I didn’t expect it this high up!!

Our frame on Old Tiverton Road, Exeter is progressing well with the roof structure nearing construction. The fire rated frame makes for some interesting colours to the flat roof structure!!

The roof structure in itself is interesting formed from cranked steels and loose rafters, prefabricated and detailed prior to delivery to site. This method maximises on the offsite construction method reducing site work programs giving access to following trades as quickly as possible.

It’s also good to see our banners out and about in the South West!

Why have a standard roof when you can have one of these!!

It’s fantastic to see the finished result of a project that created some interesting design/engineering challenges for us. The structure forming the conical roof was very intricate using numerous timbers in a very tight space, it’s clear to see the work involved was well worth the effort!!

Our advertising campaign has begun!!

Collected our new site banners and couldn’t be happier with the results. It’s amazing how many times you look at the proof before approving but you can’t help but think you’ve missed something!!

Look out for us across the South West…..

Big thanks to AG Signs in Honiton for your help, really pleased with the service and looking forward to working with you on further promotional products in the near future.

A surprisingly sociable week in Allwood’s diary!!

Last week was a very sociable affair from start to finish giving us the opportunity to speak with like-minded people within our industry. You will notice there is a reoccurring theme were we are tempted out of our office by food and drink but I assure you this is not the case!!

We started the week with a trip to our capital city for a thoroughly enjoyable lunch with Vida Wood at the 34 Mayfair Restaurant, always nice to put a few faces to names. It was a great turn out, with a broad spectrum of people from the timber frame industry. The food was great and the drinks kept flowing so I think it is safe to say everyone was happy.

We finished off with a local event, but were this time treated to breakfast at Ashford’s offices in Exeter for a Construction Excellence South West event. As my first attendance at a CE event, it was pleasing to see the enthusiasm from the speakers for growth in the South West. You could not help but be enthused by the positive vibe within the room between attendees from various different disciplines.

Suppliers promoting timber frame construction

As a company celebrating 20 years within the industry we have been promoting the benefits of timber frame for some time. I was pleased to see a recent article from Södra Wood Ltd high lighting some of these very valid benefits, click here to read.

In an ever changing industry it is great to see these sort of articles produced by not only us as designers/manufacturers/erectors, but by our suppliers.

Seaton Beach penthouse apartment

Our timber frame forming the 4th floor penthouse at Seaton Beach front is nearly completed and we couldn’t be happier with the results. To see the roof structure before it is boarded really makes you appreciate the work involved. Each rafter was pre-cut and detailed in our factory and delivered to site to form the impressive curved roof profile.

Working with the design team to create a frame to suit passive requirements is always satisfying, each junction and material specification is taken into account.

The finished building will certainly stand out along Seaton front, click here for a sneak preview.

St Peters Hospice, Bristol – take the 3D tour!!

Having completed the timber frame for St Peters Hospice, Bristol in 2018, its great to see the external photos which look fantastic.

To get a real feel for the internal space take a look at the 3D tour by clicking here.

Our timber frame structure forming the full height vaulted corridors was impressive to see. Now finished, the internal lining looks great.

Passivhaus – Dundon, Somerset

Graham Bizley of Prewett Bizley Architects he has kindly given Allwood access to photos taken of the home that we helped to construct for him in Somerset.

Graham had the enviable task of being able to not only design this building, but live in the end result as his family home. Although the pressure of designing your own home comes with its own challenges, I’m sure all will agree the finished home is stunning.

To see further details of our structural package see our case study or please click here to follow the link to Graham’s website.


St Michaels Hotel, Falmouth

Recently visited St. Michaels Hotel, Falmouth to check on progress of the first phase of the redevelopment of the existing site.

On the last visit to this project I was stood on tip toes in the empty old jacuzzi, with a torch and a tape measure to determine the make-up of the existing steel structure to support our new frame above. I am please to say the now finished health club is a far cry from my previous experience!

Although our part of the overall redevelopment was purely the two storey extension over the existing swimming pool, it was great to see the finished result and take in the fantastic views.