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The timber industry counts down to Timber Expo

With only days to go until the timber industry’s largest event of the year, Timber Expo, timber professionals are gearing up for UK Construction Week (UKCW) between 9 – 11 October, and here’s why. 

Stunning case studies

See how award-winning MawsonKerr Architects composed a building of warmth, durability, acoustics and health for children with special needs, at the Sunbeam Music Centre.

Be inspired by the unique housing designs drawing on the beauty and performance of wood, including Knox Bhavan’s stunning Lake District National Park home that’s just as stunning as the views.

Whet your thirst by listening to how Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners and Arup brought a complex architectural design to life for one of the world’s leading luxury single malts, at the Macallan Distillery.

Get up close to Carwyn Lloyd Jones’ Timber Expo challenge, a tiny timber frame home, built using only natural materials such as hempcrete and cob wailing. And then visit 2NDState and the Royal College of Art’s sculpture that is being transported and rebuilt from Grymsdyke Farm.

Enhancing knowledge

Following the Hackitt Review, fire safety is at the tip of everyone’s tongues and experts at the Timber Focus Theatre, sponsored by TRADA, are leading discussions on design, fire doors and how tall we can build in wood. The cti sponsored Time for Timber workshops offer hands-on advice on use of hardwoods, trussed rafters and fire doors as well as inspirational talks on timber and the circular economy.

The UKCW Main Stage is whittling down the larger issues including stopping building failures. Architect and TV presenter George Clarke is talking to an expert panel on the deep flaws of the current system and how we lead the change.

Timber is a solution featured across the UKCW seminar programme. The Offsite Theatre is discussing timber element constructions and the housing crisis; the Regeneration Hub, sponsored by Easy-Trim, is considering where we can build more and self-build homes; and the Surface & Materials Hub is tackling diminishing resources, better buildings. View the full programme.

Unmissable networking

With more than 35,000 anticipated visitors and 650 exhibitors, UKCW provides the much-needed but often overlooked necessity to network.  

Discover new products from Swiss manufacturer Siga, UK distributor Hanson Plywood and Italian distributor Ambrovit SPA. Others major exhibitors include Rothoblaas, American Softwoods, Capital Holz100, Glennon Brothers and Steico. See the full exhibitor list.

Catch up with architects, specifiers, merchants, builders, installers and the whole construction supply chain over a quiet drink at Germany Trade and Invest Timber Bar and the Elliott Group Central Bar, in Hall 11. Or end the night with a drum roll at the Beer Festival, sponsored by Velux, with beer, gin and fizz; street food; Fix Radio; and Rockaoke.

Free tickets still available click here.

Follow @TimberExpo #TimberExpo2018 for real time updates.

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