31 July 2019

TRADA returns once again to Timber at UKCW

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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 necessity 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.


It will be held once again at the NEC, Birmingham, from 8–10 October 2019.


The Timber Focus Theatre, organised by TRADA, returns as well and hones in on topics such as:

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


It will see high-profile names on stage, including 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. A detailed seminar programme will be issued next month, but an overview of the conversations due to take place is already available.


As always, there will be lots of bustling activity on TRADA stand T100, with free literature, books to purchase, and friendly members of our technical team available to answer all your timber-related questions. The TRADA Bookshop is also set to launch a new edition of Off-site and modern methods of timber construction: a sustainable approach 2nd edition, which unites timber’s traditional qualities with the latest production technologies.


Not to be overlooked is the University Engagement Programme, which is driven by timber fanatic Tabitha Binding. She’ll be in attendance overseeing the launch of TRADA’s University Challenge 2020, of which details will be available next month. 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.


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