26 September 2019

TRADA highlights at UKCW 2019

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Come and see us on stand T100

Timber at UK Construction Week, previously known as Timber Expo, is the UK’s largest timber showcase and attracts visitors from across the timber sector at an international scale.


The three-day show is a must for anyone looking for information regarding the latest products, innovations and developments, and covers a breadth of timber applications – including timber frame, glulam, SIPs, CLT, fixings and fastenings, timber cladding, and more.


Timber Focus Theatre

The Timber Focus Theatre, organised by TRADA, returns as well with an impressive line-up of speakers. It will hone in on topics such as:

  • Building standards post-Brexit and post-Grenfell
  • Off-site timber construction
  • The best methods of teaching building design to the next generation of building designers
  • Procuring big timber projects
  • Timber’s circular economy


The Timber Focus Theatre will see high-profile names on stage, including TV presenter George Clarke, BuroHappold’s Jonathan Roynon, Cullinan Studio’s Alex Abbey, and Piers Taylor of Invisible Studio. Those of you who visited us at Futurebuild earlier this year will remember talented steam bender Charlie Whinney; he’ll be making a reappearance on the Timber Focus Theatre during breaks! A detailed seminar programme will be available in September.


Download the Timber Focus Theatre seminar programme 


Free resources

Choose from a variety of free TRADA resources, including printed copies of specially selected Wood Information Sheets, Case Studies and Research Summaries. Our extensive collection of resources are intended as a holistic answer to your timber-related questions. Highlights include the Wood Information Sheets Specifying timber for healthy buildings, Moisture in timber and Durability by design, and our Case Studies on the Royal Academy of Music and Storey’s Field Community Centre.


TRADA Bookshop

Have your eye on something from the Bookshop? Make the most of our show discount of £5 off when you spend £30.


Browse our bestsellers, including Timber frame construction: designing for high performance 5th edition and Cross-laminated timber: Design and performance, or peruse our recent release Procuring engineered timber buildings: A client’s guide which bridges the gap to clients who might be struggling to find the necessary information to make independent decisions around using engineered timber.


The TRADA Bookshop is also aiming to launch Off-site timber construction: Delivering quality and efficiency 2nd edition, which unites timber’s traditional qualities with the latest production technologies. Written by Professor Robert Hairstans, head of the Centre for Offsite Construction + Innovative Structures (COCIS) within Edinburgh Napier University's Institute for Sustainable Construction, it will examine all the changes and developments that have occurred within off-site since the 1st edition was published in 2010.


Join us on the Timber Focus Theatre at 4pm on Tuesday for a celebratory event including drinks, nibbles and networking!


A preview copy of upcoming TRADA and IStructE collaboration Manual for the design of timber building structures to Eurocode 5 2nd edition will also be available to peruse.


Technical timber queries

Want the opportunity to talk to a timber expert? Our technical team – the celebrated authors, trainers and specialists behind our authoritative resources – will do their best to answer all your timber-related questions, or put you in touch with someone who can. Turn up prepared on the day or email membership@trada.co.uk to make an appointment in advance.


University Engagement Programme

Not to be overlooked is TRADA’s University Engagement Programme, which is driven by timber enthusiast Tabitha Binding. She’ll be in attendance overseeing the launch of TRADA’s University Challenge 2020, which invites final-year students of architecture- and engineering-related degrees to design community housing, to be low-carbon, energy and water efficient, and climate resilient. Students intending to participate may be particularly interested in attending UKCW on the Wednesday, since we will be holding a range of relevant talks on the Timber Focus Theatre, including a panel on approaches to learning to develop talent.


Tabitha is interested in talking to both students and lecturers, and comes armed with a variety of free-to-take timber-focused Learning Resources. She can also help you register for TRADA’s free Academic access, which gives you access to an abundance of tools designed to help you take your timber knowledge to the next level.


Alternatively, if you represent a company or practice keen to get involved with tomorrow’s timber talent, Tabitha is the perfect point of contact. She runs a variety of high-profile design competitions for students and creates opportunities uniting universities with business. If you would like to make an appointment in advance, please email tbinding@trada.co.uk.


Register for your free ticket to UK Construction Week