Chinese Methodist Church


Location: Merivale, Christchurch

Client: Chinese Methodist Church

Architect: Opus Architecture

Structural Engineer: Opus

Builder: Hann Construction

Products Used: Glulam external timber fins, prefabricated glulam bowstring trusses and purlins

Date: Early 2015

Our Challenge

The Chinese Methodist Church was completely rebuilt following the Christchurch earthquakes. The roof structure consists of four large glulam rafter beams, with a steel tension rod running underneath, and glulam purlins connecting these. There are also extensive areas of vertical fins, providing a feature detail to internal and external cladding.

Our Solution

The Techlam team worked along with the engineer and construction company to optimise supply of the glulam package. Due to the size of the rafter beams, extensive precutting and rebating was done in the factory, to speed installation on site. Other details included epoxy fitting of the steel struts supporting the tension rods. All the vertical fins were supplied precut, with pocket slots for internal brackets.

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