Timber Windows are a Key Feature of Butser Ancient Farm’s New Eco Visitor Centre

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The latest eco-build project for timber window and door manufacturer Allan Brothers will be unveiled to the public this weekend (24th March).

Bespoke triangular Timber Casement Window from Allan Brothers used in Butser Ancient Farm’s Janus Visitor Centre

Bespoke triangular Timber Casement Window from Allan Brothers used in Butser Ancient Farm’s Janus Visitor Centre

The reason we chose Allan Brothers was the fact the timber is FSC accredited, they’re fully furnished, have low U-Values and for their high level of security.

The latest eco-build project for timber window and door manufacturer Allan Brothers will be unveiled to the public this weekend (24th March).

The new timber visitor centre at Butser Ancient Farm in Hampshire incorporates a range of Allan Brothers’ energy efficient products, including a bespoke triangulated window.

Designer and project manager, Richard Weavis, said: “We’re very pleased with the result. The finish is so good that a few people thought they were aluminium - people were shocked with the material and the fact that they were actually timber.”

Mr Weavis, who has a passion for sustainable design and construction, said: “We wanted timber windows to compete on a like-for-like basis with aluminium and they needed to be factory finished and of a high design. The reason we chose Allan Brothers was the fact the timber is FSC accredited, they’re fully furnished, have low U-Values and for their high level of security.”

Allan Brothers supplied the centre with custom made timber windows and three fully assembled timber doors from their Scotdoor range. As well as timber windows and doors, the eco-themed building also features a wooden frame, sheep’s wool insulation, cedar cladding, cedar shingles, solar panels, a biomass boiler and on-site sewage treatment.

“The idea is that the building is functional and sustainable, which sets a good example for the children,” Mr Weavis added. “It’s a unique building in keeping with the experimental nature they have on site.”

Butser Ancient Farm itself is an open air museum which specialises in experimental archaeology. It features numerous reconstructed buildings including a Roman Villa, which was the focus of the Discovery Channel documentary Rebuilding the Past.

Allan Brothers’ managing director Danny Hughes said: “We’re delighted to have been involved in such a unique project and proud that we could help fulfil the vision of the designers.”

The Janus Visitor Centre will be officially opened to the public on Sunday (24th March) by Phil Harding of Time Team fame.

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