Bishops Keep Farnham

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Built on the former hospital site, close to the centre of the elegant market town of Farnham, this new stylish development consists of 130 units designed of 2 bedroom apartments and 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses.

The use of Pinewood’s timber frame wall and floor panels together with trussed rafter roofs allowed the construction of the buildings above ground to proceed at a fast rate. This speed of erection together with the advantages of improved site safety, good thermal properties, low carbon content and the extensive use of timber made timber frame the obvious choice of construction by the client.

The 3 storey terraced houses incorporated steep pitched roofs and narrow, largely glazed front and rear walls. This posed potential structural stability problems which were easily resolved by the use of timber racking panels in conjunction with steel portal frames.

Steel portal frames could have been eliminated by the use of structural nibs within the walls in the internal structure. This would have resulted in a significant cost savings.