Building as tall as trees at Timber Expo

12 July 2018

Timber merchants, joinery manufacturers and their architectural clients will benefit from a powerful opportunity to boost their knowledge and network with their industry colleagues at Timber Expo.

Taking place between October 9-11, Timber Expo, supported by content partner TRADA, will join Build Show, Building Tech Live, Civils Expo, Energy 2018, Plant & Machinery Live, HVAC 2018 and the Surface & Materials Show to form UK Construction Week (UKCW), the UK’s largest trade show for the built environment. 

“Timber Expo consists of three days brimming with the latest products, innovations and developments across the timber sector both within the UK and internationally,” said Nathan Garnett, UKCW event director.

“The show covers a wide range of timber applications, from structural uses of timber frame, glulam, SIPs and CLT through to the joinery industry’s best products across timber cladding, stairs, doors and windows, mouldings, skirtings and flooring. There’s not a more comprehensive representation of the timber industry anywhere else in the UK.”

The Timber Focus Theatre, supported by TRADA, returns again this year and will have a more interactive feel including a 3D engineered art installation created with students who are pushing the boundaries of what is possible with wood.

Arup, Foster and Partners and DRMM are some of the big names making up the seminar programme.

Topics to be covered include the specification and regulatory requirements for timber cladding and timber fire doors, building timber buildings as high as a tree, and designing CLT for durability, as well as a number of aspirational timber building case studies.

Chat show debates will also take place at the Timber Focus Theatre at various times throughout the event, including provocative discussions on how best to prepare design students for the world of practice.

A new feature this year is the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) workshops. The Structural Timber Association, Timber Trade Federation, Trussed Rafter Association and British Woodworking Federation will deliver a programme filled with CPD workshops and networking events, supported by the timber industry’s campaign, Wood for Good.

Last year was UKCW’s most successful yet with more than 30,000 trade visitors. This year is set to be even bigger with a forecast of 35,000 visitors.

George Clarke with the winners of the Next Generation Design Brum competition which was taken during last year’s Timber Expo