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Harlow Timber Systems Rutland care village

Harlow Timber Systems Ltd has been involved in supplying a diverse array of long span, attic and other trusses for a major project in the residential care sector with the contract being valued at a figure in excess of £250K.

Harlow Timber Systems undertook the design, fabrication and installation of some 1200 duo-pitch trusses for a series of three single storey buildings at the Oakham Residential Care Village in Rutland, which is being developed by Prime Life Limited. It worked in close cooperation with the lead consultant, Corporate Architecture Limited, to arrive at designs on which the build could be tendered.

While trusses for the largest structures measured up to 14 metres in length and provided space for building services above ceiling level, a series of room in the roof trusses was also manufactured for the village day centre, creating an office above the main area. The layout of this building, which features a T-shaped floorplan, involved the fabricator supplying a large number of cut timbers, together with details and design calculations for the intersection area.

In addition, Douglas Fir external trusses were provided for the porches, on a supply only basis for a second contractor involved with erecting a dozen bungalows on the development site. All the roof pitches have a slope angle of 35 degrees and carry a covering of clay roof tiles. Trussed rafters were chosen for the Oakham site as they were able to overcome problems with access. Harlow Timber Systems was able to design many of the trusses with separate top hat sections to facilitate easier handling and installation.

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