Mr Proctor, MD of Chester-based dP Architects (North West ) Ltd, was speaking after a meeting with Allan Stockwin, chairman of oak-framed building specialists OAQ Ltd at the company’s iconic oak and glass headquarters in Winsford, Cheshire.
After touring the building Mr Proctor said: “This is fantastic. It is up-to-the-minute but it also has that traditional feel that more and more of my clients are looking for. People feel more comfortable in traditional surroundings.
“Oak beams can give a building, whether a home or a workplace, a feeling of warmth that is extremely valued. I have clients who don’t think twice about stripping back every skirting board in their home so that they can see the wood.
“I am convinced that many more people will look at oak-framed buildings and the design potential that comes with them as we move into the future. I am always being approached by clients who want to combine up-to-the-minute style with the warmth of real wood.
“This building speaks for itself; stylish, traditional and oozing with charm. Yet it is modern and enjoys all the benefits of contemporary design and building.”
Mr Stockwin told his visitor that he first experienced the benefits of oak construction when he had an extension built to his home at Goostrey. He was so impressed he bought out the woodyard that produced the oak and set up his new business with a view to bringing the benefits of this style of building design to a new audience.
“In addition to looking absolutely fabulous, oak brings many other benefits. It is extremely durable, it is fire resistant and it is sustainable,”
Mr Proctor, who admitted his love of timber in modern building may have been influenced by the fact that his father was a wood work teacher, said he was already designing timber garden rooms for some clients.
But he was looking forward to being involved in the design of full size oak-framed buildings across Cheshire as the concept takes off.
For further information about OAQ click onto www.oaq-ltd.co.uk Further information about dp Architects is available via www.dparch.co.uk