27 November 2019 – Royal Geographical Society, London

The Better Timber Buildings conference returns this year, emboldened by its success in 2018, with a specially curated programme headlined by two fantastic keynote speakers.


Join us on 27 November 2019 at the Royal Geographical Society, London, for a concise one-day conference intended to both educate and inspire – empowering architects, engineers, suppliers and clients to design and build better timber buildings.


TRADA is delighted to announce that Sam Elliot, The Office Group’s Development Director, and Nick Ling, Heatherwick Studio’s Technical Design Lead, will kick off the event in session one: Sam will provide a client’s thought-provoking perspective, while Nick will elaborate on the outstanding design work behind the new Maggie’s Leeds.


‘We intend to build on the momentum created by last year’s conference,’ Rupert Scott, TRADA’s Membership and Marketing Manager, shared, ‘There are many reasons why we should embrace timber in construction, the most important of which is its remarkable ability to sequester carbon, yet there are still plenty of opportunities and issues to address – and rightly so. The Better Timber Buildings conference is TRADA’s platform to challenge preconceptions around timber, provide much-needed guidance on current barriers to use, and whet the appetite with some truly outstanding timber buildings.’


TRADA will unite necessary discussion around the durability and fire performance of timber with exciting forward-thinking concepts around healthy buildings and off-site construction. Most of the speakers invited have undertaken methodical research in their specialty, enabling them to impart knowledge based on empirical evidence which you can trust.


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9.00 – 10.00 Registration and refreshments
 10.00 – 10.10

Welcome and introduction

 10.10 – 11.10 Key note address Why we chose a timber structure for the Black & White Building

Sam Elliott, Development Director, The Office Group


Key note address Heatherwick Studio’s Maggie’s Centre: a healing timber home

Nick Ling, Technical Design Lead, Heatherwick Studio

 11.10 – 11.40 Refreshments and networking
 11.40 – 12.40

Ensuring site conditions and the build process are right for CLT during construction

Jennifer Eriksson, Timber Engineer, Stora Enso


An appraisal of the major forms of off-site timber construction – and how to play to each one's advantages

Steve Cook, Product Improvement & Innovation Manager, Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd


Updates to the Eurocode 5 manual

Dr Keerthi Ranasinghe, Senior Lecturer & Programme Director for Civil Engineering & Quantity Surveying, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

 12.40 – 13.40 Lunch 
 13.40 – 14.40

Complying with Part B when designing medium and higher rise timber buildings

Danny Hopkin, Technical Director, OFR Consultants Ltd


What clients want and need to know when procuring timber buildings

Alex Abbey, Partner, Cullinan Studio

 14.40 – 15.10 Refreshments and networking 
 15.10 – 16.10

Building with timber: lessons from abroad

Robin Lancashire, Senior Timber Frame Consultant, BM TRADA


The role that timber can play in healthy buildings

Ed Suttie, Research Director, BRE

16.10 – 16.20

Closing remarks


Booking information

Delegate places are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. TRADA members and early bird bookings will receive discounts. Book your tickets now.


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Exhibitor packages, covering stand space, brand visibility in event publicity and more, are available. If you are interested in exhibiting, please get in touch with Jane Lomas on jlomas@trada.co.uk or 01494 569642.



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