Protecting classic cars with SterlingOSB Zero


Bindloss Dawes has used West Fraser’s SterlingOSB Zero products to create a workshop and garages for an avid classic car collector

Bindloss Dawes architects in Somerset is experienced in the design of a great variety of buildings, from high-end retail premises to beach houses in the Caribbean and all sorts in between. The desire to create thoughtful architecture that complements and enhances existing surroundings, with quality, technology and sustainability at the core, sees Bindloss Dawes employing a diverse range of materials.

A current project is the design and installation of a workshop and garages for an avid classic car collector in the grounds of a Grade 2 listed property in Somerset.

When specifying materials, the architects originally considered plywood for the structural elements “but the contractors wanted to use SterlingOSB Zero as they insisted it is stronger than ply! As a big fan of OSB, we naturally agreed,” explains Oliver Bindloss, joint principal.

He continues: “The finished building will be divided into a car maintenance area, complete with a car lift, which will accommodate the restoration of two to three cars at a time, and a garage area which will house the owner’s series of 1960s classic Porsches behind glass doors.


“The garage section will benefit from a dehumidifier to maintain the condition of the leather upholstery while keeping the chill off the engines in winter.”

Check out The Porsche Barn on Instagram to follow the project’s progress.

Stronger than ply!

Oriented Strand Board (OSB) is formed of cross-directional strands of timber, bonded with resin adhesives and mechanically pressed to create a structurally engineered board. The SterlingOSB Zero range from West Fraser is stronger than ply, with no knots, voids or de-lamination.

The boards are designed to speed up the build process and are available in a wide range of grades, thicknesses and sheet sizes. For structural use in dry or humid load bearing situations, SterlingOSB Zero OSB3 is the board of choice.

When undertaking dry lining, SterlingOSB Zero StrongFix quickly provides secure anchorage areas.

Along with its many practical attributes, the Sterling OSB Zero range has strong environmental credentials. All West Fraser panel products produced in the UK are net carbon negative and manufactured in mills that have obtained the coveted environmental ISO 14001 accreditation.

Responsibly sourced, the panels are FSC certified and created from locally grown timber, cutting embodied carbon from transportation.

Sterling OSB Zero is also the first OSB product to be made in the UK with zero added formaldehyde, ensuring an even ‘greener’ board that meets all standards with ease.

Samples of SterlingOSB Zero, and West Fraser’s other construction panels, can be ordered on the website.

Head to the website to download a selection of tools including a fully interactive guide to all West Fraser products and a checklist to make sure you have everything you need for your build.

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