Timber Works
Making waves at watersports centre
7th July 2018

Porth Eirias

Making waves at watersports centre

K2 Architects achieved BREEAM Excellent for its design of the Porth Eirias Watersports Hotspot Centre at Colwyn Bay, North Wales. Constructed to develop linkages between the town centre and the waterfront, it provides

Uncoated Larch modern facilities for watersports and for community use. Timber Trade Federation member Brooks Bros used Scottish and Welsh Larch, with set-out and cutting designed to replicate waves. Varying board widths and a featheredge overlapping approach were used in producing the weatherboarding.

The Forest Stewardship Council® certified British-grown timber was air dried prior to cutting to further assist in achieving wave-like forms. The specialist knowledge of Brooks Bros regarding the behaviour of British-grown Larch was an asset in achieving the architects’ desired aesthetic outcome. Brooks Bros supplied over 1,000 m2 of featheredge wavy lapped Larch to the project.

Brooks Bros produced the British Larch weatherboarding to the NBS H21 quality standard, as specified by the architects, and to BS1186-3 1990 Part 4 Class 1/2. Monitoring quality is important with British-grown Larch and Brooks Bros wood science and machining knowledge played a significant part in achieving the architects’ aims.

The Larch was left uncoated in this instance to allow it to weather further in its sea-side environment, and thus to add to the visual appeal of the building in its maritime setting.


Timber sourcing

Brooks Brothers are a Timber Trade Federation Responsible Purchaser, procuring legally-harvested, sustainably-grown hardwoods and softwoods from across the globe.

Processes are monitored through the TTF’s Responsible Purchasing Policy (RPP) due diligence system, to which all Federation members adhere. Brooks Brothers also have a five-year environmental strategy, regularly reviewed and renewed, and publicly publish their certified sourcing performance data.


Project Info

Location: Porth Eirias Watersports Hotspot Centre, Colwyn Bay, Wales
Architect: K2 Architects
Wood Supplier: Brooks Brothers
Main Wood Species: Larch


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