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Oak Framed Gallery Tremenheere

Tremenheere Art Gallery

Purpose built art gallery of all timber construction

Tremenheere Gallery is the largest, purpose built gallery, since the Tate St Ives.  Carpenter Oak Cornwall became involved after a passing conversation between Director Stuart Voaden and Neil Armstrong, the owner of Tremenheere.   

Neil was looking for a new building to provide gallery space that would offer something special and was happy to be guided by Frame Designer, Tom Jubb, towards a structural Oak Frame to achieve this.

A 1 ½ story, light filled, oak framed, open interior, encompassing 2 gallery spaces, the all timber construction was a first for Frame Designer, Tom Jubb.  The Oak Frame was wrapped in 200mm Solid Timber Panels, allowing full visibility of the frame internally whilst providing a strong surface to hang artwork.

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Lead Carpenter:
Frame Design:

Tim Simpson Lead Carpenter

Lead Carpenter Tim Simpson

"Timber engineering and product technology is evolving rapidly and the Gallery is a great example of Timber Construction utilising modern timber products. We came up with a design that had the potential to provide the required wall and floor space for a gallery, look great by putting a full oak frame on show, and be very cost effective to build."

Tom Jubb, Carpenter Oak Cornwall
Oak Framed Gallery Tremenheere

Tremenheere Gallery has seen a collaborative approach, involving various, locally based tradesmen.  Carpenter Oak Cornwall designed the structural Oak Frame and provided specialist input throughout the design process, undertaking the principle Oak Frame and supplying and fitting giant, seven by three metre laminated sheets.  The result of their effective project management resulted in a dry shell erected in two weeks.

Dan Pye and his team at Norsk Carpentry, completed the works, constructing the lean-to and wrapping the building in thick layers of recycled wood insulation. The building was then clad in locally sourced green larch and a huge roof lantern was installed to give light to the gallery and to allow the top of the Oak frame to float almost weightlessly in space in the apex of the building.  The building has no internal stairs - visitors walk up a sloped path and over and oak bridge to access the upstairs gallery.  This allows the beauty of the building to be appreciated as you stroll up to the first floor, consequently the whole lower floor is an uninterrupted gallery space.

Oak Framed Gallery Tremenheere

"In this case, it was obvious immediately, that we shared not only a love of carpentry but an attention to detail and a conscientious approach. We were also both keen for other local businesses to provide materials and services as much as possible. I was fascinated by some of the new technologies that were being specified on the build and being an all timber construction, the building was right up my street."

Dan Pye, Norsk Carpentry

The Gallery nestles in a stunning landscape created by David Blewitt, a monumental wall, created from ‘Glacial Pebbles’ (each the size of a car) which retain the hillside.  In itself, a work of art.

The successful collaboration meant that all works were completed in time for the inaugural opening of the Rose Hilton and Friends – Exhibition, which saw over 700 people enjoying the new space and the works of art beautifully displayed between the oak structure.

"The new gallery at Tremenheere is a remarkable success on many levels and we hope it will make a useful contribution to the cultural life of West Cornwall - I believe this is a building in which everyone involved can take huge pride."

Neil Armstrong, Owner of Tremenheere
Oak Framed Gallery Tremenheere

Timber Engineering and product technology is evolving very rapidly and the Gallery is a great example of Timber Construction utilising modern timber products. Although the team are very local, the specialist building products are very European - Oak Frame (oak from France), Solid Timber Panels (From Finland – by Metsawood), Timber insulation – Back to Earth (from Germany by diffutherm) and Larch Cladding (from Cornwall). The lighting, security and fire alarm systems were fitted by Intelligent Installations, allowing the gallery to adapt and adjust their lighting to suit individual pieces and exhibitions.

Carpenter Oak Cornwall use traditional timber framing techniques and sustainably sourced oak, Douglas fir, larch and glulam to make unique oak framed buildings in Cornwall and beyond. They undertake remodelling works, house extensions and new build homes, from designing and raising finished frames, to complete project management and full turnkey service.

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