15 November 2018 – Royal Geographical Society, London

TRADA is excited to introduce Better Timber Buildings, a stimulating one-day conference focused on inspiring and improving timber's competitive advantage by learning from our collective experience. Join us on 15 November 2018 at the Royal Geographical Society in the heart of London for a day of thought-provoking talks, Q&As, and energetic discussion.


The government's drive towards increasing housing development presents many opportunities for the timber industry. Now is the time to focus collaboratively on the importance of careful design and construction quality, alongside the potential for growth.


Run by TRADA in partnership with its service provider Exova BM TRADA, the conference is aimed at architects, engineers, suppliers and clients, and aspires to support individuals looking to hone their talents when it comes to designing superb structures in timber.


The day will involve four central sessions and attempts to unite inspirational case studies with practical hands-on guidance where high-performance is critical. 


We’re delighted to announce that our keynote address will be given by Anthony Thistleton, a founding Partner of Waugh Thistleton Architects, who will take the stage to discuss Structural timber in the 2020s: key priorities for the sector. Not only is Anthony a passionate advocate of timber construction, he has spent over 20 years – through Waugh Thistleton Architects – fostering a reputation for truly beautiful, sustainable buildings.


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 09.00 – 10.00

Registration and refreshments

 10.00 – 10.10


Welcome and introduction

Nick Milestone, TRADA Chairman

 10.10 – 11.10


Key note address Structural timber in the 2020s: key priorities for the sector

Anthony Thistleton, Partner, Waugh Thistleton


Inspirational timber case study: Macallan Distillery & Visitor Experience

Paul Edwards, Associate, Arup

 11.10 – 11.40

Refreshments and networking

 11.40 – 12.40




From the Eiffel Tower to a local swimming pool: a timber building concept design masterclass

Dr James Norman, Programme Director for Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol and the author of Structural timber elements: a pre-scheme design guide


Avoid mistakes and that deep feeling of regret: learn from others’ combined experience

Kelly Harrison, Associate Engineer, Heyne Tillett Steel

Greg Cooper, Pre Construction Director, Hybrid Structures Ltd

 12.40 – 13.40


 13.40 – 14.40


What are the fire performance requirements for timber cladding / structural walls?

Lewis Taylor, Timber Frame Consultant, Exova BM TRADA


Making sure that timber structures are durable

Robin Lancashire, Senior Timber Frame Consultant, Exova BM TRADA

 14.40 – 15.10

Refreshments and networking 

 15.10 – 16.10


What can we learn from NHBC’s reports on timber structure buildings?

Marc Separovic, Senior Technical Project Manager, NHBC


Correctly costing timber structures: the benefits and methods

Oliver Booth, Partner, Gardiner & Theobald

 16.10 – 16.20


Closing remarks

Nick Milestone, TRADA Chairman


For full details and talk descriptions, please download the conference brochure 


Booking information

Delegate places are limited and are available on a first come, first serve basis.


 All rates excluding VAT

Early bird rate

Until 2/11/2018

Standard rate

From 3/11/2018

 TRADA member

£89 £99 


£109  £119 




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Exhibitors include ZÜBLIN Timber, Pliteq UK, Gilmour & Aitken, PIVETEAUBOIS, Wiehag, Steico UK Ltd and the Structural Timber Magazine, all of whom are prepared for clued-up conversation during the networking breaks in the programme. Each exhibitor complements our practical and stimulating conference, has a well-established presence in the larger timber industry, and covers a diverse range of expertise between them.


The TRADA Bookshop will be there with a great selection of books available to all participants at member prices and – exclusive to this event – we’ll also have a very special one-time offer.


For every book over £20 purchased on the day we’ll be offering a free copy of another book from a selection of our best-selling titles, while stocks last. So make sure you attend to check out our informative timber resources, including Cross-laminated timber: design and performance, Structural timber elements: a pre-scheme design guide 2nd edition, the new third edition of Timber decking: the professionals’ manual, and Site check: the timber frame pocket guide. All orders will be sent postage-free (within the UK) after the event.