The Largest Plywood Sheets in the World?

Kingerlee Ltd has recently installed possibly the largest sheets of plywood in the world at the Waddesdon Archive Centre project. Sized at 12m X 3m and procured from Finland the stressed skin sheets provide structural stability to an oak diagrid design on the Archive Centres Reading Room. Kingerlee, Green Oak Carpentry and Thornton Thomasetti collaborated to find a solution that would meet the criteria for structural stability, build ability and site access. The large sheets assisted the team to reduce the number of time consuming and temperature dependent glued structural splice joints, which leave only 8,000 mechanical fixings to complete the installation!

The oak diagrid structure was procured with a client brief of achieving a very high quality “furniture finish”. The European oak laminated beams were imported from France and clad with hand selected and finished locally sourced veneers. The exacting specification required CNC technology to achieve a machining tolerance of 0.2mm and craftsman fitting on site.

Due to the sensitive nature of the materials the entire reading room structure is being constructed under a bespoke designed 25m x 12m sliding temporary roof. The project is due for completion late 2010.

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