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Britain's first true timber gridshell building - and the only major structure of its type built in Europe for 25 years - is due to start on site in the spring.

The designers, Edward Cullinan Architects and Buro Happold, also claim that the new Building and Conservation Centre at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum in Chichester, West Sussex, will be 'both elegant and holistic in its environmental impact'.

The structure will use straight timbers criss-crossed to form grid shells for the walls and roof structure.

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