This innovative design used local beech as the main structural component. S&CC Ltd were able to use their expertise on British hardwoods to advise on the properties of beech. The timber cures more rapidly than oak, but is relatively stable if stresses are relieved as it dries. Since beech is not durable, its use was combined with external oak posts and weathering strips.

Structural and Civil Consultants ltd acted as the main structural engineer for the innovative Showcase Area of the Danby Visitor Centre, alongside the architects WM Saunders Partnership ltd.

The North York Moors National Park Authority set out to construct an environmentally friendly building within what was once an old walled kitchen garden. Scrapping the proposed sedum roof and replacing the steel frame with locally-sourced timber met the client’s needs and also gained them a certificate from GreenBeams for safe carbon storage.