Leisure and hospitality
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Lane End Conference Centre
Western Red Cedar Select No.2 Clear & Better Microline Channel Cladding - 19 x 144mm
Lane End Conference Centre completed a new purpose-built leisure centre in High Wycombe called The Cedar Club. The double-storey sports and leisure centre was designed by Brocklehurst Architects and project managed by the Conference Centre itself.
Mark Lishman, Deputy Manager and Head of Facilities at Lane End Conference Centre explains:
"We wanted a building that was in keeping with its natural surroundings. You can find various cedar trees in the surrounding area. The original building that was replaced was also clad in Western Red Cedar that had stood for a very long time. For these reasons, our decision to use Western Red Cedar cladding on the exterior came very early on during the initial consultation with the Architects."
Although Mark worked with timber for several years, he had never sourced Western Red Cedar, so he contacted Silva Timber to find the right product for the building.
After receiving various samples and discussing his options with the customer service team, it was decided that Western Red Cedar No 2 Clear & Better Microline Channel cladding was the best option.
Silva Timber’s No.2 Clear & Better grade is sourced directly from the world’s most reputable primary sawmills, which means it exceeds the standard grading rules for this product.
The Microline Channel profile is particularly well suited to modern and contemporary designs – it is discreet and creates a crisp, yet visually interesting shadow line. The superior quality and consistency of this product is especially striking when seen on projects of this scale.
"The quality of the Western Red Cedar that we received was above my expectations. The natural colour stood out straight away, and the quality of the machine finish was excellent!"
In keeping with the theme of 'cedar', the interior of the building was linked to the exterior using a clever feature wall made out of Western Red Cedar offcuts. This wall has proved extremely popular with both visitors and interior designers.