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Growing Communities

A one day workshop for ALL involved in planning and building public and educational buildings or social housing. Bristol City Hall Thursday, 10th October

Agenda for the day: 

9.00 Registration and Coffee 

09.15: Introduction: David Hopkins, Wood for Good 

09.30: The Built Environment as the Sixth Carbon Sink: Craig White, Chair of Wood for Good and co-founder of White Design discusses the potential for our urban architecture to sequester and store carbon. 

10.15: Timber Schools and other public access: Nick Milestone, Managing Director B&K Structures outlines the benefits of using timber-systems for education and other public access buildings in terms of construction speed, costs and environmental performance. 

11.00: Coffee

11.15:  Timber’s potential for high-rise housing: Andrew Waugh, co-founder of Waugh-Thistleton and architect behind the UK’s tallest timber tower looks at the future market for high-rise timber housing. 

11.45: Social Housing: Low-carbon, low-cost: David Renwick, Group Chief Executive of the Ocean Housing Group Ltd, and Chair of Advantage South West presents the benefits of timber-frame construction for procurement, speed, skills and performance. 

12.15: Don’t move, improve: using timber in interior refurbishment and replacement. Kevin Underwood, Technical Director of the British Woodworking Federation shows that wooden windows, doors, staircases often perform better in terms of maintenance and whole-life cost than other materials. 

12.45: Panel Q&A 

13.15: Networking lunch 

14.30: Procurement and CPD Workshops:

The afternoon session will consist of two workshops running simultaneously from 14.30 – 15.30. 

  1. 1.Procurement: the timber industry is covered by a number of procurement frameworks, from the newly introduced EU Timber Regulation to the UK Government’s Timber Procurement Policy. This workshop, run by the Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET) will bring all procurement professionals from private and public sectors up to speed. The workshop is provided free but you must register to attend. (N.B. This session is limited to 50 delegates)
  2. 2.Building Sustainably with Timber: this CPD-accredited workshop will appeal to architects, contractors and engineers looking to develop projects in timber. It will provide the basics of how the highest standards of sustainability can be achieved through timber construction. The workshop is provided free but you must register to attend. 

15.30 – 17.00: Networking drinks 

To book a place at the morning session or either of the two workshops please visit


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