Commendation 2021

Award for
Small Projects of under £3 million

Project Description

A low carbon, original and innovative development. CLT panels are used to form a complex polyhedral form. This is reminiscent of traditional vaulted cathedrals. The 3D form is derived from sacred geometry and forms an efficient and elegant structure. Advanced FEA techniques were developed to justify the unique rib-stiffened structural shell which makes up the roof and walls.

Judge’s comments

This project admirably met the clients brief and demonstrates an impressive simplicity of form. The Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) structural folded plates are elegantly proportioned and allow for the smooth flow of forces from the vaulted ceiling to the ground.

Much thought was applied to initial modelling. Advanced analytical techniques enabled the creative use of the two distinct load paths to justify the form of the roof and slim down the structure developed at scheme design stage. 

Minimalist, satisfying and good value.

Project overview

Structural Designer

  • Corbett & Tasker Ltd

Client Name

  • The Christian Community


  • Gloucestershire, UK


  • Nicolas Pople Architect Ltd

Principal Contractor

  • Beard

Key Contractors

  • Gardiner & Theobald LLP – Quantity Surveyor

    Hydrock – MEP Engineers

    Local Agenda – Project Managers

    ZÜBLIN Timber GmbH – Timber Fabricators 

    MACH Group – Acoustic Consultant

    A-squared Studio – Geotechnical Engineers

Year Submitted

  • 2020