B&K Structures used Timber Expo to announce its new partnership with Austrian engineered timber manufacturer Binderholz.

The X-LAM Alliance, which formalises a long-standing working relationship between the two companies, aims to provide the construction industry with a clear source of information on the supply and application of cross-laminated timber (CLT).

B&K, which designs, supplies and installs structures, was promoting its range of engineered timber solutions, which includes glulam, SIPs, open cassettes and CLT. Managing director Nick Milestone, who has led the company’s focus away from steel to timber in the past five years, is particularly enthusiastic about the latter.

“Cross-laminated timber is a big growth market,” he said.

Innovation and prefabrication of CLT structures can be developed even further, he said, adding that B&K was responsible for the CLT and concrete solution for the Woodland Trust headquarters in Grantham.

“Innovation is about business survival,” said Mr Milestone. “If we had stayed in steel we wouldn’t be here now.”

On its large glulam and CLT stand, which was recycled from Ecobuild 2010, B&K also promoted its latest product – New Wood Cassettes. They can provide both structural and non-structural build solutions and can be supplied with internal and external finishes factory applied.

At Timber Expo B&K also added to its trophy collection by winning the Commercial & Public Access category in this year’s Wood Awards, which were announced at the show.

The company, which proudly displayed the trophy on its stand, won the award for its work on the visitor centre at the Brockholes Wetland & Woodland Nature Reserve in Preston. It was responsible for the glulam portal frames and SIPs skin for the cluster of oak-clad buildings.

B&K was busy throughout the two-day show and Mr Milestone was pleased with the range of visitors to the stand.

“We’ve had a mix of architects, engineers, contractors and clients,” he said.