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Timber fellas Engineers from Buro Happold have been singing the praises of timber gridshells for over 20 years. Clients are finally taking note, says Lisa Russell. Photographs by David Jones.

Erecting even a 50m long timber gridshell building is, by all accounts, simplicity itself. A couple of people and some basic equipment are all that is needed - plus plenty of patience to do up thousands of bolts. Yet until recently the technique has been little used.

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