The prevalent and historic use of timber in design, manufacturing and construction in High Wycombe comes from its location in the wooded valley of the River Wye nestled within the Chiltern Hills.
Outside High Wycombe train station stands the Grade II Listed Brunel Engine Shed which was built in phases from 1854- 1870. The shed had been left abandoned for decades and is now being preserved, refurbished, and extended for Buckinghamshire Council to provide a new flexible commercial space, as the first phase of their Wye North Regeneration Programme.
The shed has been listed by Historic England mainly on account of its widespan all-timber roof with large queen post trusses.
Studio Multi has an ongoing role as client’s architect, with Hawkins\Brown acting as novated architects to the specialist historic building contractor, Quinn.
A site visit in early August revealed the new carbon fibre strengthening rods to the joints between new and old timbers. Extensive work has been carried out to the roof, which was previously in a very poor condition with no waterproofing, rooflights or slates. Many of the purlins have been replaced, and strengthening has been added to the junctions between the trusses and column heads.
The timbers, old and new will be painted with a translucent white coating to soften the contrast in their colour and to retain the layers of the roof’s history.