Christ Church Community Centre in Swindon opens.
Project Location; Swindon, Wiltshire

After delivering the building May 2013 Timberworks Europe Ltd is delighted to announce that the community centre opened in November 2013. 

This 400 sq m state of the art community building contains a sophisticated renewable energy package to include a ground source heat pump and photo voltaic panels on the roof. Due to the design and insulative qualities of the building the projected energy requirements of the building are rated as A+ and the building is anticipated to be carbon neutral.
Some facts...

  • The measured Air Leakage Test produced a fantastic result of 3.39m3/(h.m2)…the standard design Air leakage Test and the level required by Building Control is 10.00m3/(h.m2). The Christ Church Community Centre is 3x better than standard!
  • The Energy & Co2 Emission summary shows that the Target kgCo2/m2/annum was 20.6 and the actual has been calculated at -2!

The official opening of the building on the 18th January 2014 was performed by Nick Hewer of the Apprentice. Nick was born and raised ½ mile from the site and commentated on what a fantastic resource the new centre will be.
Since the opening ceremony over 25 functions have been booked!
Stephen Grosvenor who project managed the build for the Church said;
“…We had been exploring a range of conventional building solutions for some time. Working from an original design from our own architect, we had discounted a brick build as being too expensive. Given the restricted nature of our site and our desire to create a highly sustainable and future proof building, we were delighted to find Timberworks Europe who were able to suggest a flexible, timber based approach and working with our existing plans and their own building partners provide us with an energy efficient, light and modern, cost effective building. Timberworks project managed the whole process, liaising with our architect, renewable energy companies and the various building trades.
As the construction is a timber frame with a high degree of insulation, we opted for underfloor heating driven by a ground source heat pump which supplies all our heat and hot water. Rounding off with a 20kwh solar panel array on our mono-pitched south facing roof, we believe that we will enjoy a high degree of sustainability and at the same time get a good return on our initial investment over the next 10 -12 years. Since our site is in the middle of a burial ground, drainage was an issue, so we chose a Klargester Bio System.
Timberworks Europe are specialists in sustainable buildings and as such were able to advise us at all stages of the process. They guided us through the build process, ensuring that, at all stages, we fully understood the implications, both financial and aesthetic, of our decisions.
The end result is a practical, flexible and welcoming building that has already attracted a great deal of local interest and of which we are very proud."

Tom Marriott who oversaw the project on behalf of TWE said...
 “This was an unusual project in that we were presented with a set of plans and asked to produce working drawings and a suitable specification from start to finish. So we needed to provide the client with a fair degree of flexibility. Access to the site and the site itself (situated between two listed walls 10 m apart) was difficult. In addition there were a number of ongoing works which were dealt with as the project progressed.
We like to think that our can do approach and ability to react swiftly adds value to the project. Certainly the end result is an attractive modern looking building designed to nestle into the site and using high tech renewables to offer a highly energy efficient and sustainable building.”

Eco house nears completion.
Project Location; Midhurst, Surrey

Designed by Jerry Tate (who designed the Hoo House shown on Grand designs)

The eco-house we are building in Midhurst is now at second fix stage and should be ready for occupation in mid Feb (we delivered the superstructure in early October 2013).

Having been involved at an early stage, Justin Bentley of Timberworks Europe worked closely with Jerry and his associate Jonathan Turney to deliver a home which provides high quality design and maximizes the use of the fully sustainable materials which we incorporate as standard in all our buildings.


Sally Schreiber and Annie Attwell for who the house is being built commented;
”Building a new house can be fraught at the best of times.  You work with an architect to design the house of your dreams.  You convince the planning officer that it should be approved. And when approval is finally granted, you heave a sigh of relief.  But really this is just the beginning.  Choosing the right people to build your house and turn your dream into reality is the make or break option of the whole project.  This why we are so delighted to be working with Timberworks Europe”.

Internally the accommodation upstairs comprises of a large master bedroom with a dressing room and en-suite bathroom and a large office specifically designed for home working.
On the ground floor there is an impressive floor to vaulted ceiling open plan kitchen/diner and living areas and there are utility rooms and an entrance hallway. Finished in Alsecco render under a tile roof, the building is expected to deliver heat loss figures of less than 0.19 w/m2K and have an air permeability reading of less than 2.5 m3/m2hr at 50 Pascals. The thresholds imposed by Building Control for these aspects are 0.35 and 10 respectively which gives you an idea as to how efficient and cheap to run this house will be when compared to many other new builds.

The site itself is restricted with access via a private residential road. The building was delivered in panels with a pre-cut roof and offloaded remotely in 1st week of October. Materials were shuttled to site as and when required which minimized disturbance to neighbors.

Renewables -  The project will incorporate a 15 panel Photovoltaic renewable energy system producing an anticipated annual return in excess of 10% of the capital invested (based on current levels and amount of FIT (feed In tariff) for residential properties); there will also be a full rainwater harvesting system, a heat recovery ventilation system and secondary heating via a wood burner.


As a natural evolution of our highly sustainable thermally efficient building system Timberworks Europe is designing and fabricating a number of modular buildings and calling them Smartbox. These are essentially custom made modular buildings.
Images below are of a home office/cinema building for Howard Stubbs of Heaven and Stubbs Ltd on the Oxfordshire Warwickshire border. Heaven and Stubbs are principally involved in the fitting out  of high quality bespoke kitchens and home offices and have previously used Smartboxes for display units.
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Smartboxes are highly thermally efficient and whilst the overall size of the modules is constrained by lorry dimensions, imaginative combinations of different module sizes means that there is still scope to bespoke each Smartbox building to customer requirements. As standard we use SIPs panels which deliver heat loss figures of between 0.16 and 0.18w/m2k as well as double and even triple glazed windows. Each Smartbox is fabricated offsite and comes fully plumbed and wired to you own specification and design. They can be installed and ready to use in just a few hours.

Smartboxes are ideal for classrooms, community buildings and offices as well as residential use. Being modular, multiple Smartboxes can be used to scale up a project both in terms of footprint and storeys and they deliver high thermal efficiencies and low running costs.  

Smartbox buildings fully comply with DDA requirements and exceed building regulation thresholds for thermal efficiency and engineering requirements. For more information on Smartbox, please go to


If you would like to speak to any of the team about a project that you might have then please call;
SOUTH EAST – Tom Marriott – 07900672045
NORTH – Justin Bentley – 07973347384
SOUTH WEST - Paddy Polglase - 07979508225
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