Lake District Ruskin heritage reflected in wood
Leading to the 200th anniversary of John Ruskin’s birth and the 140th anniversary of his move to Coniston in the Lake District, MA Architecture students from Central St Martins, working with Hayatsu Architects, designed and built two community buildings centred around the Ruskin Museum and Coniston Institute.
Constructed as part of the Heritage Lottery-funded, multi-partner project entitled ‘The Road’, the buildings link back to Ruskin’s focus on design education for local workers including copper-working and wood carving.
The structures were built using sustainable Scottish Larch produced and donated by Timber Trade Federation member James Jones & Sons. The first, an information kiosk, part of developments to open up local copper mining heritage to visitors, was designed by Billy Adams.
The second, a community bread oven designed by Freddie Wiltshire, will be used for ‘village table events’ at the Coniston Institute. Both were pre-fabricated at Central St Martins.
Moisture movement within European Larch is small and, together with its relative strength compared with, for example, Pine, makes it an ideal material for both construction and exterior cladding. Attention needs to be paid to the drying of British-grown Larch to avoid its tendency to distort.
Specifiers should therefore utilise the expertise and wood science knowledge of TTF members like James Jones & Sons when designing projects. European Larch offers an attractive reddish-coloured heartwood, lighter-coloured sapwood, straight grain and uniform texture.
For over 100 years, James Jones & Sons had concentrated on making the most of British-grown timber-producing species, sourced as locally as possible to its sawmills and Timber Systems Division. The company had been poineering in its environmental provenance, from becoming the first UK sawmiller to gain
Forest Stewardship Council® and ISO14001 certification, to its TTF Responsible Purchaser status and PAS2050 LCA accreditation, James Jones & Sons have a long history of providing Timber you can Trust.
Location: Ruskin Museum and Coniston Institute, Lake District, Cumbria [map view]
Architect: Students from Central St Martins, in collaboration with Hayatsu Architects
Wood Supplier: James Jones & Sons
Main Wood Species: Scottish Larch