A timber roof for a new swimming pool at Alfriston School, Buckinghamshire

Author: A. Downey (Elliott Wood) & M. Renshaw (Elliott Wood)

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1 December 2015

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A timber roof for a new swimming pool at Alfriston School, Buckinghamshire

The Structural Engineer
A timber roof for a new swimming pool at Alfriston School, Buckinghamshire
Date published

1 December 2015

Author

A. Downey (Elliott Wood) & M. Renshaw (Elliott Wood)

Price

Standard: £9 + VAT
Members/Subscribers: Free

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Author

A. Downey (Elliott Wood) & M. Renshaw (Elliott Wood)

Alfriston School is a secondary day and boarding school for girls in Buckinghamshire, UK. The project involved the construction of a new 750m2 swimming pool and sports department. The building has a floating timber roof, which houses a four-lane swimming pool and changing areas.


The structural challenges included realising the complex geometries in the roof while maintaining an open soffit. A system of panels was developed using cross-laminated timber boarding fixed to glued laminated beams. The roof panels act as the structural elements spanning the swimming pool and provide stability.


Small-diameter steel columns were designed to act as cantilevers from the reinforced-concrete retaining walls, transferring the vertical and horizontal loads from the roof structure. This method eliminates any cross-bracing and minimises the visual structure, giving the appearance of a floating roof.

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The Institution of Structural Engineers

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