Located east of Leeds on the M1– Skelton Lake is a new concept for motorway services. This scheme is home to a wide range of food and beverage outlets together with retail and leisure facilities.
Client: Extra MSA Group
Main Contractor: Morgan Sindall
Architect: Architecture 519
Specialist Frame Contractor: B&K Structures
CLT Manufacturer: Binderholz
Glulam Manufacturer: Rubner Holzbau
Timber Cassettes Manufacturer: Rubner Holzbau
There was a desire for a unique design which would blend seamlessly into the landscape. The brief for the central building was exposed long span glulam beams and cross laminated timber panels – the structure is topped off with an undulating sedum roof. B&K Structures was appointed to design, fabricate and install the structure together with the ambitious roof formed from timber cassettes, panels and curved glulam beams.
The technical challenge for our team was to design each individual roof ribbon to act as a diaphragm. Taking a computer aided engineering approach, we were able to produce a robust design strategy. Thanks to the efficiency of the design, windows could be slotted into place between the glulam ribbons – bringing light into the space. The design of bespoke hidden connections leave no visual clues, so the users can fully appreciate the impression of movement given by the continuous beams. The high quality roof cassette system was developed in close collaboration with our Austrian partners Rubner, whose experience in designing the timber cassettes was invaluable for this unique scheme.
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