Timber Expo 2017: Glittering line-up revealed

Grand Designs’ Kevin McCloud, Tom Dyckhoff, presenter of the BBC’s Great Interior Design Challenge, and George Clarke, host of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces, are just some of the big-named stars set to make an appearance at Timber Expo 2017.


The three-day seminar at the NEC Birmingham also includes a stellar list of world-famous architects. Jim Heverin of the mighty Zaha Hadid Architects kicks off the event on Tuesday 10th October with a talk on designing the world’s first timber football stadium, while later in the day Darron Haylock of Foster & Partners provides a fascinating insight into Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett Building. Steven Wallis of dRMM also talks about the role timber played in restoring Hastings Pier to its former glory. 


TRADA’s Rupert Scott says: “We are delighted to partner with Timber Expo once again to bring a seminar programme that is our best to date.


“We hope that our stellar list of speakers not only encourages companies to consider timber as a beautiful, sustainable, cost-effective and healthy alternative to other materials, but inspires the next generation of young architects and engineers to build iconic timber buildings.”    



Interested in our Timber Focus Theatre seminars?


Download the seminar programme for more and don't forget to register for your CPD certificate points on stand T150.


TRADA Highlights

Visit us on stand T250 to ask our experts any questions on timber and timber-related products, or browse our wide selection of publications including the hard copy of the much-anticipated NSTS v2.0 and our latest book Cross–Laminated Timber: Design and Performance.


For a Hanson Plywood-sponsored installation by students from the Emergent Technologies and Design Programme at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, see stand T260. This is the fourth year of co-operation between the Architectural Association, TRADA, Hanson Plywood and Timber Expo.  




'Timber Focus' Theatre 2017

TRADA's seminar themes:

Tuesday 10th October

11.00 – 13.00

Stretching wood


Whilst trees are not changing, what you can do with wood is; all thanks to a wide range of innovative thinking and action by designers, researchers and suppliers.


We’ve picked another 3 exciting topics this year: Zaha Hadid's design for a timber football stadium; designs for digital manufacturing by Buro Happold; and a look at pioneering research into the dynamics of tall timber buildings.

14.00 – 16.00

Funky wood


Every year we choose some extraordinary case studies to demonstrate the versatility and beauty of wood; a material that never goes out of fashion.


This year the buildings, which include Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett by Foster & Partners and drmm’s Hastings Pier, have been chosen because they really are out of the ordinary.



Wednesday 11th October

11.00 – 13.00

Simplifying the complicated


With wood pushing out so many boundaries it’s a challenge to ensure that practical, authoritative guidance is produced to enable all practitioners and clients – not just the big names – to benefit from all that wood can offer. Speakers, including Andrew Lawrence, Associate Director at Arup, provide hands on specification guidance and advice on: CLT; standardising structural timber (hardwood and softwood) specification; and even a masterclass in how to design the Eiffel Tower in timber.

14.00 – 16.00

A timber bullet to 'fix our broken housing market'?


The problem of building sufficient homes of the right quality and location for the UK’s growing population isn’t going away. The government’s White Paper is an honest look at the possible solutions.


Speakers, including David Birkbeck, CEO at Design For Homes, take a look at how well timber is poised to provide the solutions, what are timber’s strengths and where are there areas for improvement.



Thursday 12th October

11.00 – 13.00

Wood for good health


Whether you prefer contemporary clean lines or warmer and heavier uses of wood, we all instinctively feel that wood creates a relaxing and comfortable environment for both work, study and relaxation.


But what are the methods of measuring this? And what is the evidence to support the claims? Three speakers share their understanding in this relatively new but important area and its consequences for wood.

14.00 – 16.00

Don’t just design it – make it


As the digital age progresses at a furious pace it increasingly provides architects and engineers with the possibility of going much further than just design; by partnering with a good fabricator you can effectively be the one to make the end product by developing the manufacturing code. And importantly timber is the best material to do this.


Experienced designers in this field from the Architectural Association and Ralph Parker, architect behind ‘Slipstream’, Europe’s longest sculpture, share what is possible for those that dare to step out!