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Charred cladding barn conversion, Newmarket

Accoya and Shou Sugi Ban add contemporary twist

Supplier: James Latham

Product: Charred Accoya and unfinished Western Red Cedar cladding 

Architect: NP Architects

Contractor: Arnold & Willis Construction

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Charred Accoya® and Western Red Cedar cladding, supplied by James Latham were used in the rebuilding, extension and conversion of a former agricultural building to create a spectacular barn style home in Newmarket. 

The main steel-framed barn has been retained as a double height space and re-clad in corrugated steel. In contrast, the lower wings have been rebuilt in a courtyard arrangement, with large openings to frame the wider landscape from within and clad in charred Accoya®

Charred timber cladding is a modern application of Shou Sugi Ban® - the ancient Japanese art of charring timber.


The reaction to Shou Sugi Ban from the market has been astonishing, it really does have the wow factor and enquiries, and indeed orders, are growing by the day. 

Charred timber cladding is becoming increasingly popular in the specification market.  Traditional techniques are used to give uniqueness to each individual project and there are lots of finishes and textures available for both interior and exterior projects - from the traditional, highly charred, heavily textured looking cladding to the sleek and contemporary finish.

- Justin Hayward, Technical Timber Sales Development Manager, James Latham's -

Hidden from the exterior view is a centrally located courtyard.  Here, unfinished Western Red Cedar cladding offers a softer palette to give a more homely feel. 

James Latham supply the full range of charred timber cladding products manufactured by Shou Sugi Ban®.  They also carry the exclusive range of Yukari, a traditional range of charred cladding products specifically designed for Latham's.

Photos credit - Matthew Smith Photography

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