Reusable and adaptable wood structures

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Developed by TRADA, in partnership with wood for good, this publication shows how a wide range of reusable and adaptable wood structures are designed and constructed. It features 19 fully illustrated innovative examples, including the food stall and bus stop at River Cottage, Devon; The Globe at Cern, Switzerland; and the World's smallest cinema. Wood is the ideal material for re-use. It is naturally good looking, durable, simple to assemble and take down, and easy to move. For sustainability, wood is second to none, and recycling a wood structure prolongs its carbon storage and makes an even stronger environmental contribution.


  • Why reuse?
  • Why wood?
  • Structures for major events
  • Reusable wood structures
  • Buckingham Palace ticket office
  • The Globe at CERN, Switzerland
  • Westminster ticket office
  • Monkey puzzle pavilion
  • Serpentine Gallery 2005
  • Deutscher pavilions, Germany
  • Terrace restaurant
  • Swoosh
  • Ecocanopy system

Suggested Reading

List of British Standards April 2019navigation-arrow

A list of British Standards which relate directly to timber, updated bimonthly.

02/04/2019 |  British Standards List  

List of Wood Information Sheetsnavigation-arrow

This document contains a fully comprehensive list of all the most up to date Wood Information Sheets (WIS) published by TRADA. Available to members for free or non-members for £12.00, these Wood Information Sheets provide technical guidance related to almost every timber topic under the sun.



  • Timber -...

10/05/2021 |  Wood Information Sheet  

Use of shortlength timber in furniture manufacturenavigation-arrow

The Shortlength project was devised through a partnership between Coed Cymru and FIRA in order to generate incentives for the implementation of more effective management control over the small diameter timber stocks that are abundant within the United Kingdom.


  • Introduction
  • The methodology
  • The research
    • Species...

01/01/2005 |  Info from other organisation