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Case Study - Modern gym clad in Western Red Cedar, a stunning addition to historic Bath Lodge Castle

Product used: Western Red Cedar No.2 Clear Microline Channel Cladding - 19 x 144mm
Location: Bath Lodge Castle
Design & Build: Structural Timber Design Solutions L.L.P

As a senior member of the International Tennis Federation, the owner of Bath Lodge Castle is very enthusiastic about fitness, health and well-being. Wanting to add a gym to the premises of his hotel, he asked timber frame designer Andrew Best to create a modern building on the grounds of the hotel.

The gym building was never intended to look like it was a part of the original castle - so a contrasting clean contemporary style was sought. Another decision was to have the building face south to maximise light.

The structure therefore required a material that would insulate the gym in the warm summer months to prevent overheating; as well as look modern. Andrew’s search ended with Silva Timber’s Western Red Cedar Microline Channel cladding. He explains,

As the gym was located on the edge of woodland, it was important that the external cladding blend into the surrounding environment. Western Red Cedar was an easy choice due to its durability and natural beauty.

Initially we were looking for a local supplier; but then we found a TRADA member, Silva Timber, whose website was very informative. We received samples and product literature very soon; followed by a visit to their stand at Timber Expo. We had some concerns about window linings, corner trims and fascia boards, but Nick Taylor assured us that Silva Timber could machine most sizes to our specifications. The customer service throughout the entire process was very good.

About Western Red Cedar No.2 Clear & Btr Grade

Sourced from a primary sawmill, Silva timber’s Western Red Cedar No.2 Clear & Better grade exceeds the UK standard for quality and consistency, with a vast majority of boards exceeding the grading rules; many even qualifying as the higher “Clear Vertical Grain Heart” grade. This is the grade of choice for discerning clients who require a high standard but also appreciate the interesting grain patterns of the timber.

Available in various profiles, a traditional or contemporary look can be achieved. Boards can be installed vertically or horizontally. Click here to request a sample pack…

Andrew explains why he would happily recommend Silva Timber’s product –

Anyone who is looking at timber cladding should consider Silva Timber due to the choices they offer in grades and profiles. Their machining quality of the boards on both sides was consistent. Boards were clean and accurately cut, making the handling and fixing of the boards very easy with very little wastage.

Structural Timber Design Solutions L.L.P (STuDS)

Working closely with architects, developers and manufacturers, STuDS provide an architectural service which covers all aspects of timber frame construction. Part of this service involves specifying, designing and detailing the use of timber in construction.

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