Lapland UK is a popular Christmas attraction based in Whitmoor Forest near Ascot, Berkshire. Its premise is to ‘recreate the wonderment of childhood through a magical world’. The venue consists of a collection of unique buildings and scenery designed to create a magical Elven Village. Minera Roof Trusses were first approached by Lapland UK back in 2014 to assist in supplying roof trusses for a variety of their buildings in the Elven Village, including the Mother Christmas Restaurant, the Pixie Mixie Sweet Shop and The Father Christmas House.

Their brief was unique as they required trusses that would not only span 12 meters but could also be split into two separate pieces for ease of storage once Christmas was over and the venue was dismantled. Following the successful delivery of this initial project, we went on to supply trusses to Lapland UK with the provision of 80 trusses again in 2016 and most recently in 2017, as the client required trusses for two new buildings.

In relation to the initial request in 2014, our team designed and produced the required roof trusses with a sophisticated splice connection detail. This allowed the client to fix the two trusses together at the apex on-site themselves. The design also provided them with the ability to disassemble and separate the two halves of the trusses once the festive season had ended, allowing them to safely and conveniently store the structure until the following year. Due to versatility and strength, Lapland UK are able to rotate which building the trusses are used for each year.

In 2016 and 2017, further orders were placed consisting of 80 roof trusses each year, which were used in the construction of a variety of the roofs in the Elven Village. The design of the restaurant was to be rustic and the trusses to be left exposed within the roof space for visitors to see. We understood the requirements for quality and aesthetic appeal, whilst also providing an efficient turnaround and didn’t fail to deliver. It was important to our client that the trusses would withstand the test of time and be protected from disease and fungus, so we ensured that they were treated using our specialist timber treatment. This ensured the trusses had full protection against fungal decay and insect attack.

Lapland UK initially requested roof trusses that they could easily dismantle, store and reuse. Due to the very seasonal nature of their business, this was exceptionally important to them. Our design team were required to incorporate a sophisticated splice connection detail when creating the design solution for the project. The dedication and adaptability that we demonstrated during the initial task along with our reliability and commitment to customer service prompted Lapland UK to trust Minera Roof Trusses with their future orders.

In order to provide Lapland UK with a bespoke truss solution that could effectively split into two sections when it was not being used, it was necessary for us to design a method for fixing the two truss sections together on-site.

We firstly had to make sure that the trusses we were designing worked as a fully spanning 12 metre truss, not as two separate mono trusses. To do this, our highly skilled team calculated accurate measurements for the specific timber sizes required for the rafters and ceiling joist. Once we had established the timber sizes required, we then designed two separate mono trusses spanning 6 metres. By using our 3D roof engineering software, we produced a splice connection detail in order to connect the two separate trusses on site. This involved bolting 12mm exterior grade ply gusset to both faces of the apex of the truss and bolting 35mm x 147mm timber scab to both faces of the ceiling joist. This ensured that the structure would maintain its robustness and durability whilst also catering for when the trusses needed to be dismantled.

“I have dealt with Minera Trusses for the supply of roof truss for various log cabins at our Lapland UK event for the last two years. I find that they have a simple, easy ordering procedure and their pre-delivery customer service is second to none.”

Lee Collins - Production Manager

Minera Roof Trusses are extremely proud to have worked on a project of this size and for such a well-loved UK attraction. Due to the nature of the client’s site, our design team were able to develop suitable specialist connector plates that would allow Lapland UK to disassemble the roof trusses at the end of the season and store them, then reassemble them when required. We were able to produce a splice connection detail using our 3D engineering software, this solution ensured that the structural integrity of the trusses were not compromised once fitted together on-site and allowed for a relatively easy dismantling process once the festive period was over and the trusses needed to be stored away. By ensuring a sophisticated solution for their initial order, Minera Roof Trusses secured a trusting relationship with Lapland UK and continued to successfully deliver roof trusses to a high specification for their future orders.

  • Client: Lapland UK
  • Installation: Ascot, Berkshire
  • Date: 2014-2017
  • Number of Trusses: 240
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