Cathedral Grammar Junior School, Christchurch
“Our drawings were sent off to TimberLab, who put together a model, including every single piece of timber, so that they could check it – then we double-checked. There were about 500 pages of shop drawings for the project, including these incredible schedules that were like a computer language. If the model was slightly wrong, it would have created havoc on site, but we managed to avoid that completely. The tolerance was plus or minus half a millimetre, which is kind of loony – half a millimetre on timber that’s 12m long. The building was actually sized to the biggest bits of LVL that you can buy. In order to be rigid, all of the joints had to slot together perfectly and TimberLab – bless them – managed to do it. The team on site were real craftsmen, too”.
Designer and professor at the University of Auckland