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The Thorbex was a Ministry of Supply living hut but was different from other lightweight timber framed huts which had straight sides, in that the Thorbex had sloped sides. The gable ends were made of 5 sections of light timber studwork framing which were bolted together with the centre section containing the door. The sidewalls and roof all shared a common frame section except where windows were required. The walls were clad on both sides with plasterboard with the outside being felted. A typical hut was 60 feet long; 17 feet 3 inches wide; and 7 feet 3 inches minimum height.

A Ministry of Supply 'Thorbex' hut. Example - Headquarters site, building No.27, Barrack hut. Drawing © Mike Millichamp.