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.

Clients and collaborators

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Team

Charley Brentnall

Director

Charley Brentnall is an internationally recognised leader in timber construction and conservation. As the founder of Carpenter Oak and Woodland in 1987, Charley pioneered the renaissance of timber-framing in the UK and became the country's leading expert in...

Oscar Emanuel

Managing Director

As Xylotek’s Managing Director, Oscar brings a deep knowledge of the international structural timber industry gained over the last twenty years of working in the UK, Canada, US and France. His passion for the role of wood in the future of sustainable construction...

Martin Self

Design Director

Martin Self is an engineer, geometer and educator who has specialised in innovative timber structures since 2005. He was a founder member of Arup's Advanced Geometry Unit (2000-2006) and Director of Hooke Park the Architectural Association's woodland campus...

Robin Aitken, FCA

Head of Finance

Robin has extensive experience of working as a Finance Director with entrepreneurs and growing businesses. Ex-BBC and Arthur Andersen with proven abilities in start-ups and private equity, including floating a dotcom on AIM and core team leadership of an MBO. Visiting teaching fellow in entrepreneurial finance at the University of Bath.

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Kareem Cheng

Carpenter

Kareem Cheng holds qualifications in carpentry and joinery as well as a dual degree in Architecture and Environmental Engineering. He has worked as a lecturer, architectural designer and craftsperson completing a range of bespoke design and build projects including libraries, a double-decker bus homeless hostel, shop interiors and pop-up restaurants.

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Yvette Culbert

Practice Manager

Yvette Culbert has background in sports marketing and a passion for sustainable design and architecture. Originally from Cambridge she often has a project on the go from building the kitchen for her VW campervan to creating furniture from reclaimed wood and most recently installing a sculpture in Bristol city centre. Yvette joined Xylotek in 2020 to run our Bristol Hub alongside Christof our workshop manager.

Tom Dawson

Project Manager

Tom Dawson is a designer, carpenter and timber construction expert. He had a traditional carpentry training in France and has varied experience in the world of wood construction and design, from timber framing to working as a teaching fellow at the Bartlett, UCL. He joined Xylotek in 2019 after graduating from the Architectural Association's MSc in Timber Technologies.

Jack Draper

Project Manager

Jack Draper has a diverse background of working with timber from designing furniture for international fashion houses to delivering timber buildings of a high complexity. From a background in making, Jack has developed a deep understanding of the possibilities of timber and is able to formulate creative pathways that enable project delivery. Jack is also the studio tutor at Hooke Park the Architectural Association’s woodland campus.

James Proctor

Carpenter

James joined Xylotek in July 2020 as a workshop and onsite carpenter. He originally trained as a research scientist and has commercial experience in IT and film production. He changed to working with wood because he wanted to turn his hobby into his career. James’ passion for carpentry stems from an appreciation of the beauty of timber as a functional material, and its potential to contribute to the decarbonisation of construction.

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Beverley Ford

Finance and HR Manager

Beverley Ford administers Xylotek's financial, accounting and HR activities. She is a qualified accountant with mangement experience in manafacturing and engineering companies.

Fruzsi Karig

Installation Manager

Fruzsi has made use of her architectural education at Cambridge University and London School of Architecture for her experience in design & make architecture projects, install management, woodworking and exhibition curation. Through her previous work at Hello Wood and her freelance architecture practice she has worked on building projects across Hungary, UK, Mexico, Japan, Ukraine and the USA.

Lindsey Kennedy

Project Manager

Since graduating in engineering from Durham University, Lindsey's passion lies in green and sustainable building practises. She has worked in the technical design and delivery of timber frames and CLT modular construction, bringing a wide variety of experience to any project and enjoys pushing boundaries of timber and its design potential within the construction industry.

Christof Lemka

Workshop Manager

Christof Lemka is experienced in the processes and logistics of workshop production. He joined Xylotek in 2020 to set up and run our Bristol workshop facility, before which he had led set-building and artwork fabrication and installation projects, including for a major scuplture at Tate Modern.

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Cristofer Barrios

Estimator - Designer

Cristofer Barrios is a designer and project manager with 6+ years of pervious experience in retail fit outs. His passion for sustainability and wood construction led him join Xylotek in 2021. He studied Building Engineering in Spain where he learnt principles of timber construction.

Engagement

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