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Devon refurb wins Gold Award at Wood Awards
23 November, 2017
A refurbished house in Devon that makes extensive interior use of timber has won this year’s Wood Awards Gold Award.
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Groups welcome Budget housing sector boost
Thursday, November 23, 2017 The Construction Products Association (CPA) and Timber Trade Federation are among groups welcoming the government’s Budget moves to help the construction sector.
Saint-Gobain acquires Scotframe
Thursday, November 16, 2017 Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland has completed the acquisition of Scotframe Limited, accelerating its involvement in the offsite manufacturing and closed panel construction market.
Timber trade gathers at Timber Expo
Thursday, October 12, 2017 Timber construction seminars, new product launches, a woodworking awards shortlist announcement and a UK/Belarus timber trade event were just some of the highlights taking place this week at Timber Expo.
Timber industry celebrates at TTJ Awards 2017
Monday, October 02, 2017 About 450 people attended the TTJ Awards last Friday at The Brewery in the City of London – a record number for the event.
New UK construction orders hit lowest levels since Q1 2014
Monday, September 11, 2017 Newly-published ONS figures show that construction output in July fell by 0.9% and was 0.4% lower compared with one year earlier.
Södra to invest in new CLT facility
Tuesday, September 05, 2017 Södra is investing in a small facility for cross-laminated timber (CLT) production adjacent to its sawmill at Värö. The plans include a future investment in a larger facility.
London mayor urged to adopt offsite housing to meet housing needs
Friday, September 01, 2017 London mayor Sadiq Khan has been urged to champion offsite manufacturing to help address London’s housing needs.
Grafton reports positive first half
Thursday, August 31, 2017 Grafton Group plc has reported a 9% increase in revenue to £1.3bn and a recovery in profitability in traditional UK merchanting business in the six months to June 30.
Housing minister to speak at BMF day
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 UK housing minister Alok Sharma will speak at the Builders Merchants Federation’s Members Day in September.
Persimmon says UK housing market remains confident
Thursday, August 24, 2017 UK national housebuilder Persimmon plc has reported a 30% increase in first half pre-tax profits to £457.4m, describing the housing market as remaining “confident”.
Private new home registrations down 7% in Q2
Monday, August 21, 2017 Developers registered 40,000 new homes to be built in the UK during Q2 2017, according to NHBC’s latest new home registration statistics.
Material prices are soaring, says FMB
Monday, July 31, 2017 A third of small building firms say that soaring material prices are squeezing their margins and almost a quarter have had to pass these price increases onto consumers, according to research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
Construction sector “vulnerable” after election result
Friday, June 09, 2017 The construction sector could be left vulnerable to the negative effects of political uncertainty following the indecisive result of the General Election, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
L&G installs new management for CLT housing business
Thursday, June 01, 2017 Legal & General (L&G) has hired Rosie Toogood from Rolls-Royce as CEO of its modular housing business.
US predicted to import more wood from Europe
Thursday, May 04, 2017 Increased European lumber exports to the US are being widely predicted this year due to a combination of soaring US lumber prices and Canadian lumber exports being hit with new import tariffs on the American border, says Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ).
TRA launches Ireland group and signs MoU with STA
Friday, April 21, 2017 The Trussed Rafter Association (TRA) has announced a number of new initiatives including a new Ireland group and a memorandum of understanding with the Structural Timber Association (STA) to reinforce the close working relationship between the two bodies.
Timber frame sector ready to scale up capacity
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 The offsite timber frame industry could “easily” scale up its capacity to 150,000 units per year to meet demand for new housing, a Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) organised meeting at Westminster has heard.
Wood Awards 2017 call for entries
Thursday, March 16, 2017 The Wood Awards: Excellence in British Architecture and Product Design has now launched its 2017 call for entries.
Farmer Review author speaks to UK trussed rafter sector
Friday, March 03, 2017 The current surge of interest in innovative offsite housing technologies should not be seen as a threat to the established trussed rafter sector, the author of the influential Farmer Review has told the Trussed Rafter Association (TRA) AGM.
World first wood window Life Cycle Assessments to be launched
Thursday, March 02, 2017 The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) is due to launch “world first” wood window Life Cycle Assessments at the Ecobuild show in London.

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