Lane End Conference Centre recently completed their brand new purpose built leisure centre in High Wycombe. The double storey sports and leisure centre was designed by Brocklehurst Architects and project managed by the Conference Centre themselves. Mark Lishman explains their brief…
We wanted a building that was in keeping with its natural surroundings. You can find various cedar trees in the surrounding area. The original building that was replaced was also clad in Western Red Cedar that had stood for a very long time. For these reasons, our decision to use Western Red Cedar cladding on the exterior came very early on during the initial consultation with the Architects. Mark Lishman, Deputy Manager and Head of Facilities at Lane End Conference Centre
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The sports and leisure centre was very appropriately named “The Cedar Club”. Although he worked with timber for several years, Mark had never sourced Western Red Cedar, so he contacted Silva Timber to find the right Western Red Cedar product for the building. After receiving various samples and discussing his options with the customer service team, it was decided that Western Red Cedar No 2 Clear & Better Microline Channel cladding was the best option.
Silva Timber’s No.2 Clear & Better grade is sourced directly from the world’s most reputable primary sawmills, which means it far exceeds the standard grading rules for this product. The Microline Channel profile is particularly ideal for modern and contemporary designs. The channel is discreet and creates a very crisp yet visually interesting shadow line. The superior quality and consistency of this product is especially striking when seen on projects of this scale. Mark Lishman continues…
The quality of the Western Red Cedar that we received was above my expectations. The natural colour stood out straight away, and the quality of the machine finish was excellent!
In keeping with the theme of “cedar”, the interior of the building was linked to the exterior using a clever feature wall made out of Western Red Cedar offcuts. This wall (seen below) has proved extremely popular with visitors and interior designers alike.