Xylotek was founded in 2018 by directors Charley Brentnall, Oscar Emanuel and Martin Self with the aim of bringing together our diverse experience and shared passion for wood, to serve projects seeking high ambition for the application of timber in architecture. We operate internationally with a remote design and management team, and a design and workshop hub in Bristol UK.

Our clients include cultural and academic institutions, commercial developers and private individuals. We are typically appointed as specialist consultants within design teams; as subcontractors to main contractors on large projects; or as design-build contractors in our own right. We are able to design, fabricate, assemble and install – in both conventional and unusual contexts.

Our specialism is in the delivery of non-standard timber structures that need innovative solutions. For every project we formulate the correct technologies, processes and supply chain for that job – working with industry partners to ensure the best offering of value and expertise in the market.  Some projects are prototyped or fabricated in our workshops; others – often at a larger scale – are procured through our fabricator partners. In all cases, we seek to bring overall control to delivery through our expertise.

In seeking a well-designed low-carbon future, our driving motive is to change the world with wood.

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Charley Brentnall 1956-2024

It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of Charley Brentnall. Charley was a founder of Xylotek, a passionate advocate of wood, and a uniquely generous and caring character. He will leave an immeasurable legacy in the people whose lives he has influenced through his practice and teaching, and in the many projects he has been part of. He died at home following a period of illness.

25 February 2024.

Clients & Collaborators

Royal Exchange Theatre
Foster + Partners
Forestry England
Haworth Tompkins
University of Reading
Orange Telecoms
British Land
Format engineers