22 May 2020

TRADA welcomes Kelly Harrison to TRADA board

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TRADA is thrilled to announce that Kelly Harrison, Associate and Timber Lead at Heyne Tillett Steel, has joined the TRADA board – after a year on the Advisory Committee.


Kelly has over 14 years’ experience in the industry, along with a keen interest in the development of engineered timber to provide viable, sustainable solutions for commercial, public and residential developments.


Kelly completed the structural design of a CLT double cranked roof extension to 10 Lower James Street, which was Highly Commended at the Structural Timber Awards and won both an AJ Retrofit Award and a BCO Regional Award in 2017. She was also heavily involved in the development of Republic at East India Dock where existing 1990s RC framed buildings have been extended using glulam and CLT frames, and CLT pavilions were installed around a new public realm waterway. Phase 1, the Import Building, also won a Structural Timber Award in 2018.


Kelly is currently working on another large-scale glulam framed office development at Old Gramaphone Works in Kensal Rise, using CLT floors on a 9x6m grid adjacent to and over an existing RC frame. The project promises to be one of the largest, if not the largest, glulam framed office buildings in the UK at 91,000sqft. Several of her other early stage projects are now also looking to timber solutions, particularly hybrid steel and CLT frames, new builds and refurbishments/extensions.


At HTS, Kelly leads the in-house timber focus group. They are primarily investigating the behaviour of mechanically fixed composite engineered timber to get the most out of on-site fixings, with a circular economy approach and reducing structural zones. Web openings, acoustics, durability, disproportionate collapse and effects of fire are also topics which the group are investigating, as well as developing in-house tools to aid timber design at all stages, whether at scheme or detailed connection design level. Kelly speaks regularly at national and international conferences to share experiences and knowledge and work towards making timber design as widely understood as steel and concrete in industry and education.


Of her addition to the TRADA board, Kelly said:


‘I’m delighted to join, having thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Advisory Committee. I lead HTS’ Timber Focus Group where we discuss design issues, develop ideas and research solutions. I am passionate about sharing our aspirations and look forward to continuing this and championing the use of engineered timber across the wider industry in my new role.’


TRADA chairman Nick Milestone said:


'On behalf of the TRADA board, I'd like to say that we are delighted and thrilled to welcome Kelly Harrison as a Director. Kelly's enthusiasm and passion for the use of timber in construction is both refreshing and exciting as we guide TRADA through these unprecedented and disruptive times.


'Kelly's proven experience and career success within Heyne Tillett Steel – a UK-leading structural timber engineering consultancy – along with her dedication and commitment to the TRADA Advisory Committee has earned Kelly a much-deserved position on the board.


'The board very much look forward to working with Kelly as we seek to ensure business continuity and represent our members' best interests in delivering service and value to the UK timber industry.'


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