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November 2020


Back on track
05 November 2020 The latest TTF statistics show an improvement in import volumes in the month of July

October 2020


Pulling their weight
30 October 2020 The workhorses of the British-grown timber sector – the sawmills – have shown their resilience through lockdown and are experiencing strong demand for their products. Sally Spencer reports

Woodsafe and sound
30 October 2020 Woodsafe Timber Protection has turned its attention to the UK market for fire retardant timber treatments. Sally Spencer reports

Accurate aim
30 October 2020 The WPA, TTF and TDCA have extended their co-ordinated campaign to promote the accurate description of preservative treated wood. WPA chief executive officer Gordon Ewbank reports.

Juvenile delinquency in trees
30 October 2020 What happens to a tree’s branches as it gets older determines not just the prevalence of knots but also the nature of the resultant wood fibre. John Park reports

Backing British
30 October 2020 Dougal Driver, chief executive officer of Grown in Britain, explains why it is developing a verification scheme for exemplary new woodlands

WPA Awards go online
30 October 2020 The annual WPA awards will be a virtual event this year, as the organisation’s chairman Steve Young explains

Passing the baton
30 October 2020 James Donaldson & Sons patriarch Neil Donaldson looks back over his 45 years with the family business. Sally Spencer reports

A&J Scott invests in new line
30 October 2020 A&J Scott has made its secondary/value-added production automatic with the addition of a new line by Kallfass. A&J Scott managing director Robert Scott tells Stephen Powney how the investment has revolutionised its operations

The Three ‘R’s of Rebuilding Business
30 October 2020 There is a growing demand for a national focus on retrofit, explains Camilla Hair

Developing careers
30 October 2020 Three finalists from the 2019 TTJ Career Development Award visited Ireland, courtesy of award sponsors, Glennon Brothers, to get a rounded view of the Irish timber sector. Simon Hastelow accompanied them on their trip

Home-grown housing
30 October 2020 Architect George Fereday, associate teaching professor at the London Metropolitan University, explains the HomeGrownHouse project

Cutting carbon
29 October 2020 The building industry’s heavy carbon footprint makes it a prime target for the Wood CO2ts less communication initiative, writes Wood for Good campaign manager Sarah Virgo

Tall, Timber and Safe
29 October 2020 While UK authorities consider restricting use of combustible wall materials to dwellings under 11m high, elsewhere architects are building ever bigger and bolder in wood. Mike Jeffree interviewed architect Øystein Elgsaas about the fire safety of the 18-storey Mjøstjårnet tower in Norway

Building in the new normal
29 October 2020 How will UK timber construction fare in the post-pandemic and post-Grenfell building environment? TTJ asked Structural Timber Association chief executive Andrew Carpenter for his views

Mass gains momentum
29 October 2020 Engineered or mass timber building is gaining ground worldwide and action is needed if the UK is not to lose out in this revolution in low carbon construction. Peter Wilson, architect, director of Timber Design Initiatives and founder of the Mass Timber Academy reports

Composing hybrid harmony
29 October 2020 Engineered wood is proving to be in tune with the modern urban workplace times in the dramatic conversion of an old industrial building alongside London’s Grand Union Canal. Mike Jeffree reports

Lessons in wood construction
29 October 2020 A dramatic new building on the New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering’s Skylon campus is set to be a beacon for timber engineering education. Mike Jeffree reports

Victory V
27 October 2020 Builders’ merchants sales confirm strong V-shaped recovery for timber according to the latest BMBI report

Building in nature
27 October 2020 The sole site available for the Maggie’s Centre at Leeds’ St James Hospital was its only green space – architects Heatherwick Studio determined to keep it as such. Mike Jeffree reports