Timber Hybrid solution for Wendover Woods project

Project Type

Soundcraft was appointed by main contractor Kier Construction to design, manufacture and install the glazing package for the Forestry Commission’s new visitor centre and café located in the heart of the stunning Wendover Woods in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

Main Contractor

Kier Construction


Forestry Commission



Work Done

Soundcraft was responsible for the delivery of the new building’s full fenestration package, including curtain walling, windows and doors. To complement the natural beauty of the forest and the timber cladding of the building, a Hybrid timber aluminium system was specified for the curtain walling and windows. Combining the strength and durability of aluminium on the exterior of the frame with the attractive look and feel of timber on the inside, the Hybrid curtain walling and windows offer exceptional aesthetic appeal and high thermal efficiency.

For the doors of the new building, Soundcraft installed both the high performance SPW501 aluminium commercial door system and low U-value PURe® SLIDE inline sliding doors.

Challenges on Site

Soundcraft’s technical expertise was a key part of the successful delivery of the contract that included a number of bespoke elements.

The PURe® SLIDE doorsets have been specially adapted to be used as serving windows during the summer months. To provide solar shading, timber Brise Soliel was also successfully installed using a specifically adapted bracket fitted to the head of the curtain wall frame.

To create the striking glazed façade of the building, the Soundcraft team also specially designed each individual mullion for the curtain walling system. These were created using CNC machinery at Soundcraft’s manufacturing headquarters in Kent.


Hybrid Series 3 curtain walling system was used to create the main façade, alongside  Hybrid Series 1 and 2 casement windows.

Access has been provided through the use of SPW501 aluminium commercial doors and PURe® SLIDE aluminium doors.


As well as providing a sustainable fenestration package, which has been achieved through the use of timber aluminium Hybrid systems and thermally-efficient aluminium doors, the project also required the Soundcraft team to ensure all its work on site was done with minimum disruption to the surrounding forest. The team’s technical expertise was also vital in delivering the desired aesthetic and performance requirements of the scheme.