Cockfield Windmill, situated in the heart of the Suffolk countryside, was a former windmill structure recently converted to accommodation for holiday lets. Before it was converted, the structure was just a mill stump constructed of brick with a traditional tar coating which no longer had its sails or cap.
Beech Architects were the architects involved in this interesting, yet challenging project, where the client wanted a new cap based on the traditional ‘inverted boat’ form, exploiting the stunning views over the Suffolk countryside.
Beech Architects contacted AJ Laminated Beams looking for a solution using engineered wood to create the curves for the cap of the windmill. AJ Laminated Beams, in turn, contacted Metsä Wood to see if Kerto® LVL would be suitable.
Kerto® is a laminated veneer lumber (LVL) product used in all types of construction. It is produced from 3mm thick rotary-peeled softwood veneers that are glued together to form a continuous sheet which makes it incredibly strong and dimensionally stable. The Kerto product range includes both Kerto LVL S, generally used for beams and Kerto LVL Q-panels, generally used for roof decks etc.