The Ark Propject

Design Outline

Our Main church building will include an auditorium with facilities for catering, children's work and offices.

It is set out as a quadrangle with a courtyard at the centre.

Many modern buildings are achieved by using steel and modern materials. We have decided to build with ‘green oak’ for 2 primary reasons.

Firstly, it allows us to use in-house skills and thus considerably reduce costs. Secondly, we want to achieve a building of beauty, softness and warmth in ‘green oak’.

We have purchased all the oak required for this build and built a saw mill where the work will be carried out.

We have many challenges ahead of us, one of the first being how to span an auditorium which will seat 600 people. We have drawn up an exciting design which incorporates a hammer beam roof (see artist's impression below), which will span the distances required.

Our goal has always been to construct a building of beauty which incorporates the up-to-date technology required while employing an ecological approach.

As far as we are aware no one has constructed a ‘green oak’ building of this size in living memory, which identifies this as a unique project.

The Ark Propject
Updated 19 June 2017