500 huts later, Plankbridge continue to meet the growing demand of contemporary living spaces whilst retaining the elegance of the traditional Shepherd’s hut proportions.
Richard Lee founded Plankbridge along with his partner, Jane Dennison, with the aim of making the ‘finest quality huts in the UK’. He remains strongly influenced by the best Victorian hutmakers, whose design and craftsmanship informs the range of contemporary shepherds huts Plankbridge build today. As the pioneers of the new wave of interest in the shepherd's hut, Plankbridge remains at the forefront of innovation and design, with any competitor only able to play second fiddle.
Huts are now shipped all over the world - New York, Portugal, France, Switzerland and beyond.
Richard trained at John Makepeace’s Hooke Park College in the Parnham era and has developed leading-edge techniques with the greatest respect for traditional craftmanship. The result: huts that last for generations and stand the test of the British, even the Scandinavian, weather.
Plankbridge is made up of an ever expanding team of the country’s finest hut-craftsmen, CAD designers, painters, project manager and administrators. It continues to be lead by Master Hutmaker, Richard Lee, who personally designs and approves every Plankbridge Shepherd’s hut. The furniture makers have experience working in some of the famous Dorset workshops making high end designs for discerning London customers. True to the Arts and Crafts approach of John Ruskin and William Morris, Plankbridge takes pride in nurturing apprentices up to hutmaker level, and enjoys keeping heritage craft skills alive, the team working with their hands to make beautiful and useful things.