March House


Architect: Knox Bhavan Architects

Structural Engineer: Price and Myers

Main Contractor: Philliam Construction

Joinery Company: Five Furniture

Services Engineer: Paul Bastick Associates

MMC, Cassette Build Construction: BlokBuild

Wood Supplier: The Timber Group

Quantity Surveyor: Ian Thompson & Company

Species: OSB Timber, Oak (European & Romania), Cumaru (Belgium), Siberian Larch (Siberia), Iroko (West Africa)

Location: Cookham, Berkshire

This carefully designed timber home situated on the bank of the Thames has been constructed as a beautiful, flood-resistant, and energy-efficient house to serve the client’s current and future needs.

March House showcases the flexibility and potential that timber has for delivering delightful yet sustainable, structurally innovative housing, creating a truly liveable space that complements the landscape around it - hovering above the floodplain on a table of slim galvanised steel.

The house was built using a fully insulated OSB timber cassette system which slots together to allow for fast and efficient construction. Collaboration between the architect, engineer, and construction team to test and investigate the viability of the engineered cassette system will allow them to deliver greater numbers of highly economic, well-designed homes in the future.

From the bespoke oak joinery lines, the corridors, and walls, to the stained larch cladding, iroko window frames and handrails, and outdoor cumaru decking which blends into the lush garden, you can find wood throughout the building, both as a structural system and a finishing material.