[Strawbale] New project in oxford 6 x 11m building - help!

Chug. chug at strawbale-building....uk
Wed Jan 25 20:00:03 CET 2006

Hi Ruth

great to hear the course inspired you, there are several buildings on rammed tyres and they have been tested and passed with flying 
colours, the floor needs to be raised to sit at the right level with the tyres this can be acheived several ways, bales would be 
from local farmers and are usually about £1-50 each.

what are your issues with building regs?

if you want to have a chat send me an email for my telephone no.

Bale on
chug at strawbale-building....uk
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ruth Walker" <walker_re2002 at yahoo....uk>
To: "European strawbale building discussions" <strawbale at amper....muni.cz>
Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 4:47 PM
Subject: [Strawbale] New project in oxford 6 x 11m building - help!

Hello everyone,

Well in my previous posts I may have eluded to the fact that at my
place of work, a mental health work rehabilitation charity in Oxford,
for which I am supervisor of a group of gardeners (we grow and sell
plants and look after the garden), we are making a Cafe in what is
currently my workshop. So we need to build a new garden workshop. There
was some talk about building a big timber shed like thing. But having
just been on LILI's strawbale building course. I said 'lets build it
out of strawbales' and the idea stuck. I did some drawings and some
costings (with help) and somehow I have just been handed quite a sum of
money to build with. So the idea we have is to build a 6 x 11m external
dimension rectangular 'workshop' out of load bearing bale structure
pinned with locally sourced hazel and using reclaimed doors and windows
and hopefully using some reclaimed/ second hand/ ex hardware store
timber (there is a wood recycling organisation in oxford). With an
wooden framed peaked roof with corrugated metal and plastic (for
skylights) sheeting. The gable ends of the roof are intended to be
board clad with shiplap or similar. Hopefully the foundations will be
compacted rubble trench and then rammed earth tyres (more recycling and

We have access to lots of labour and not very much money, it has to be
built by the end of September when I am supposed to be moving back to

The planning application is underway, But I'm a bit perplexed about
building regs. I've just done a project plan which has made me tired
just thinking about all the work this is going to invlove.

1) Has anyone had a building with rammed earth tyres as foundation? How
did they do it? How can we get it to pass building regs?
2) What kind of floor should we put in this building? How would it work
with the tyres.  I was thinking about floorboards with vinyl over as it
will be a highly trafficed workshop which will need to be easily kept
clean. Rammed earth floors seems like too much hard work, but would
consider if easier.
3) Where near Oxfordshire can I get building straw bales? How much
would I expect to pay?
4) Can anyone help about getting it to pass building regs?

Hope you can help, and anybody interested in volunteering for some
experience would be highly appreciated.


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