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Dramatic wooden roof dominates exclusive Hurlingham Club racquet centre
12 Apr 2017 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
The Hurlingham Club in Fulham commissioned David Morley Architects to create the sporting facility.
One of London’s most exclusive sports and social clubs has opened a new hall for tennis and squash, featuring a dramatic curving green sedum roof.

The Hurlingham Club in Fulham commissioned David Morley Architects to create the spectacular sporting facility for its members and VIP guests – who in the past have included men’s tennis world number one Andy Murray.

The client wanted a roof with a shallow construction that could accommodate large spans across the eight indoor courts and be strong enough to support a landscaped top layer.

The roof measures 35m (114.8ft) long and 55m (180.4ft) wide and is made from curved steel beams and Kerto Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) panels provided by timber products manufacturer Metsä Wood.

To maximise the space and save on costs, steel beams were spaced at intervals of 12.9m (42.3ft).

The design team wanted to use wood to fill the spaces between the steel beams, however it needed to be strong enough to support the roof, but thin enough so that it wouldn’t add any bulk to the structure.

The LVL panels – made by gluing together rotary peeled softwood veneers – were selected as they are very thin, but strong and structurally sound due to their bonded structure.

The panels measure 12.6m (41.3ft) in length, 645mm in depth, and have a maximum width of 1,200mm. Various widths were used to allow for the curve in the roof’s structure.

Frank Werling, head of Metsä Wood’s technical, engineering and design department, told CLAD: “We worked closely with engineers Price & Myers to come up with an effective, unique solution for the Hurlingham Racquet Club.

“The roof was largely built off-site, which meant those involved – the contractor, architect, engineers and steel manufacturers – had to work very closely to ensure the 140 Kerto-Ripa elements and the steel structure went together without any issues on site.

“BIM technology was hugely important in this project and was used to ensure the steel and the wood elements fitted together perfectly. Considerations such as the depth of the Kerto LVL elements which determined the depth of the curved steel member had to be made because the steel had to be flush with the elements to accommodate the green roof structure above.”
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DreamWorks Theatre to open at Universal Studios Hollywood this summer
19 Feb 2018 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
Developed by the Universal Creative team in partnership with DreamWorks’ Artists, The DreamWorks Theatre will replace the Shrek 4-D attraction, and will play host to a number of media- based attractions based on movie-franchises from the Dreamworks Animation universe.
Elemis launches vegan-friendly Superfood skincare range
19 Feb 2018 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
Elemis is expanding its Superfood Facial Oil into an entire vegan-friendly range of skincare with three new products.
Inition creates unique crowd experience for Fast & Furious Live
15 Feb 2018 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
Inition, a UK-based tech innovation agency, has created a live-audience participation experience for Fast & Furious Live.
Nancy Griffin partners with Stewart Griffith to launch new signage company, Bespoke
15 Feb 2018 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
Nancy Griffin, principal of Contento Marketing, had been working with TouchAmerica for years as a consultant, and was impressed with the company’s custom-manufactured retail display.
ESPA launches new treatment inspired by the resilience of butterflies
12 Feb 2018 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
Luxury skincare brand ESPA has expanded its treatment offering with the addition of the Strength and Resilience massage.
Interactive training wall to 'revitalise' game play says WallJam founder
09 Feb 2018 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
Crowd-funded company Walljam has launched an interactive training wall, designed to get people from all age groups and abilities engaging in sport.
Natura Bisse named 'official skincare brand' by Forbes Travel Guide
09 Feb 2018 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
Spanish premium skincare brand Natura Bissé has been named as an ‘Official Skincare Brand’ for Forbes Travel Guide.
Moss Trend expands into spa market
09 Feb 2018 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
With a long history in creating decorative materials for interior designers and stage scenography, Italy-based Moss Trend has now ventured into public spaces, including spas.
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