As sustainability becomes an increasingly important aspect of modern life, TRADA is hosting a competition designed to encourage both sustainable design, as well as sustainable living.

Aimed at future architecture and engineering undergraduates, this competition will involve those most important in the push for a greener future in design. Through TRADA's new national design competition – Velocity in British Timber – TRADA hopes to inspire sustainable, low carbon construction through the use of natural, renewable building materials.

Building on the substantial work by TRADA's university engagement programme with universities across the UK, this inaugural competition will be run nationwide in universities with architecture, engineering or other built environment courses.


Sheffield, like many cities of its size, is working towards a sustainable transport system, and with the 2014 Tour de France finishing its UK stage in the city in July, the time is ripe to improve cycling infrastructure.

Entrants will be asked to design a ‘park and cycle’ super hub and smaller satellite hubs all of which will accommodate the needs of cycling commuters, mountain bikers as well as local cyclists.

The development, which must be designed using British timber species and products, will offer those who use it a secure, overnight cycle storage, changing facilities and multi-use community space.

There are two prospective sites on which the main hub may be built; both are in the Parkwood Springs area only hundreds of feet apart. The first location is the former site of the Sheffield ski village, and the second atop a hill next to the adjacent football fields.


Principally aimed at students of architecture and engineering, you may apply as an individual or in a team of up to 4 students and there will be a cash prize for the winning entry.

The deadline for entries is 6th June 2014 with the first round of judging taking place the following week. Stage two will take place over the week commencing 7th July, and winners will be announced at the award ceremony in September.

Entrants should complete and return a Notice of Intent form before Friday 14th March 2014 in order to receive the necessary supplementary information.

Full copy of the brief and entry form

All entries should be submitted to:

Velocity in British Timber
Chiltern House
Stocking Lane
High Wycombe
HP14 4ND


Any competition enquiries should be sent to

Wayne Hemingway Hemingway Design
Julian Huppert MP Co Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group
Dan Cook  CTC
Mike Cook  Buro Happold
Simon Smith  Smith and Wallwork
Charlie Law  BAM Construct UK Ltd (and Chair of Grown in Britain Contractors Group)
Elizabeth Turner TRADA
Johnny Tucker  Editor of Blueprint Magazine
Mike Jeffree  Editor of Timber Trades Journal (TTJ) Magazine



Wood Information Sheet – Specifying British-grown Timbers WIS 2/3-67

TRADA Research Summary – Future opportunities for British Timber
Welsh Softwoods in Construction


TRADA Case studies featuring British Timber

Assembly Workshop, Hooke Park, Beaminster, Dorset (English grown larch and western red cedar)
Visitor Centre, Brockholes, Nr Preston, Lancashire (British grown oak shakes)
Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge (English grown sweet chestnut cladding and oak interior joinery and furniture)
Far moor Bridge, Yorkshire (Scottish grown larch stress laminated deck)
The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral Visitor Centre (English grown oak roof support structure, floors, soffit and cladding)
Refectory, Norwich Cathedral Visitor Centre (English grown oak roof support structure, floors, soffit and cladding)
Loch Lomond National Park Authority HQ, Scotland (Scottish grown Douglas fir structural elements and larch cladding)
Savill building, Windsor Great Park (English grown larch laths forming gridshell and oak rainscreen cladding roof covering)
Woodland Trust Headquarters, Grantham, Lincolnshire (Scottish grown Douglas fir, larch, elm, ash and oak)
Sutton Hoo Visitor Centre, Woodbridge, Suffolk (Cumbrian grown Douglas fir)
Dalby Visitor Centre, North Yorkshire (locally grown larch cladding)


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Other timber buildings using British Grown timber

Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre, Dolgellau North Wales (Welsh grown Douglas fir and Stika spruce Brettstapel)
Future Affordable, Dunfermline, Fife (Scottish grown C16 softwood structural timber)
BRE Innovation Centre, Ravenscraig (Scottish grown C16 softwood for structural insulated panels and cross laminated panels)
Commonwealth Games Athletes Village, Glasgow (Scottish grown C16 for cross laminated timber panels)
Stowe Gardens Visitor Centre, Buckinghamshire (English grown larch structural framing)

Bronze sponsor:

Lonza Wood Protection  Lonza Wood Protection - Bronze sponsor of Velocity in British Timber
Vastern Timber Vastern Timber - Bronze sponsor of Velocity in British Timber



We are currently looking for companies to offer sponsorship for the event. There are three levels of sponsorship – Gold, Silver and Bronze. If you would like to sponsor the competition or want more information, contact our university liaison manager, Elizabeth Turner at


Velocity in British Timber is supported by our media partners:


Blueprint Magazine - Supporters of Velocity in British timber          TTJ - Supporter of Velocity in British timber

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