In my occasional corrugated iron or ‘wrinkled tin’ posts I tend to focus on structures, constructed from corrugated iron sheeting, that are historical remnants, often falling into disrepair. As such this post is a bit of an anomaly as it records a structure in the process of being created, hence the title of this post.

The structure, a canalside store-cum-transfer shed, can be found at the start of the long Summit Pound, above the Claydon Flight on the South Oxford Canal. Though new, it’s nonetheless an good example of what might be called functional-brutalism ie. it’s a piece of modern, austere, vernacular construction, evolving and expanding to meet the particular needs of the smallholder-builder, with only the briefest of nods to any kind of aesthetic considerations.

A looming presence, an ‘active wharf’…
The steel and timber framework’s in place and slowly corrugated iron, and clear plastic sheeting, is being added as time permits…
Judging by the back of the shed, the intention may be to ultimately clad the whole of the exterior with timber…
A close-up of the construction methods…
A lock gate and a scarecrow, the ephemera of small-holding?
The completed sections are already being pressed into service, and used to store bales of organic hay…
The view looking back as we pass on our Eileen
From this angle the shed, rather than dominating, settles more comfortably into the surrounding landscape…
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