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The bird hide was designed by HaysomWardMiller Architects and built by ModularUK

Off-site is on song

Steve Wightman, managing director of ModularUK, explains how combining the use of timber with an off-site construction approach helped keep the birds happy at Rainham Marshes

Published:  03 November, 2010

Timber could make inroads into the design of merchant warehouses and agricultural applications

Putting store on wood

Finnforest’s new warehouse is a showcase for its own engineered timber products

Published:  03 November, 2010

The curved roof, which features traditional 'fanyu' structural elements, maximises the efficiency of the PV panels

Putting building out to grass

An ultra renewable material could provide a global construction solution, says Professor Hongwei Tan of China’s Tongji University

Published:  03 November, 2010

The shingle-clad music room sits at the front of the house, set against the glass rainscreen on the main facade

Resounding winner

It’s green, lean and a great place for tickling the ivories. A prize-winning private house in Cambridge puts in an all round performance. Mike Jeffree reports

Published:  03 November, 2010

The award winning concept has created a lot of interest

Desirable dwellings

An architect's vision of low-cost contemporary small timber homes has already resulted in a handful of awards; now he's looking to see the concept translate into reality. Stephen Powney reports

Published:  03 November, 2010

Fiscavaig on the Isle of Skye

Timber steals the Saltire show

A timber housing project on the Isle of Skye was the outright winner at the Saltire Trust Housing Awards. Peter Wilson, architect and director of the Wood Studio at Edinburgh Napier University’s Forest Products Research Institute, reports

Published:  02 November, 2010

The pods are craned into place

A feather in their cap

Anne McDonald talks to the team which, against the odds, successfully delivered the Fair Isle Bird Observatory

Published:  09 July, 2010

St Katherine's roof shape will echo the traditional gables in Ledbury

The ‘open’ ground floor will contain the public aspects of the buildings, while traditional library activities will take place in the upper, more contained level

The time traveller's architect

A new timber-built library in Ledbury will link the 15th and 21st centuries. Sally Spencer reports

Published:  09 July, 2010

The surface geometry is designed so that the large bass frequencies are dealt with in the upper part of the hall and the finer, more detailed notes are reflected around the audience at a lower level

The timber is moulded to replication traditional details such as pilasters, columns and flutings

King and Contessa in perfect harmony

The Kings Place development in London is billed as a new cultural landmark. The jewel in its crown is its concert hall, winner of the Wood Awards top prize. Sally Spencer reports

Published:  24 March, 2010

Apart from the Douglas fir glulam beams, all the internal timber is red oak

Green never looked so good

Hopkins Architects has achieved the double in Yale University’s new Kroon Hall, a building that is stunning in design and ultra green. Architectural journalist and author Ruth Slavid reports

Published:  23 March, 2010

The buildings had to be complete before winter set in, giving contractors 80 days from start to key handover

Shaken, not stirred

Cross-laminated timber is playing a key role in the rebuild of earthquake-hit L’Aquila in Italy. Mike Jeffree reports

Published:  23 March, 2010

The first car enters the car park

An exterior view

Multi-storey marvel

Sweden’s first timber multi-storey car park has rewritten the design possibilities for urban buildings traditionally the domain of concrete. Stephen Powney reports

Published:  03 March, 2010
More than an academic exercise

The Norwich Open Academy takes building in cross-laminated timber panels to new heights and in new directions. Mike Jeffree reports

Published:  03 March, 2010

The elevations of the houses resemble tall town houses

Each block had to be stepped to accommodate the gradient

Cultural exchange

Anne McDonald reports on a unique inner city redevelopment which successfully marries thoughtful design with the sustainability of timber frame, creating a RIBA Housing Design Award winning scheme

Published:  19 February, 2010

The visitor centre was designed to give the feeling of an African-style lodge

Rope features between joints to form a theme with the handrails – and also to hide gaps

Wild wood

An all-timber lodge provides the perfect vantage point for watching the biggest carnivores in Kent. Mike Jeffree reports

Published:  18 February, 2010

The ceiling comprises 2,544 parts, each finished by hand, and weighs five tonnes

Vaulting ambition

Hi-tech timber craftsmanship is adding a stunning finishing touch to England’s newest cathedral. Mike Jeffree reports

Published:  12 February, 2010

The Dawyck building features a simple post and beam structure

Garden gateways

Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens has demonstrated two different approaches to building with timber. Peter Wilson, architect and director of business development for the Centre for Timber Engineering at Edinburgh Napier University reports

Published:  04 November, 2009

Sleepers were reclaimed from Plymouth harbour

Interactive eco luxury

Perched on a Cornish hillside overlooking the dramatic beach at Mawgan Porth, the new Scarlet Hotel is staking a claim to be the UK’s only truly eco hotel. Stephen Powney reports



Published:  21 October, 2009

Mayr-Melnhof’s new headquarters building blends a range of engineered timber products

A cut above

You might not expect a sawmiller to opt for avant-garde architecture, but Mayr-Melnhof has done just that – in glulam. Stephen Powney reports

Published:  03 June, 2009

The footprints of redundant buildings around a mediaeval yard formed the template for the new Berwick Workspace

Back in town

Squeezed out over centuries by other materials, timber is now making serious forays back into urban construction. A recent example is Berwick-upon-Tweed’s new Workspace development. Peter Wilson, architect and director of business development for the Centre for Timber Engineering at Edinburgh Napier University, reports

Published:  03 June, 2009

St John Fisher school uses 1,000m3 of cross laminated timber panels

Class act in CLT

The St John Fisher School pushes the UK boundaries for prefabricated cross-laminated timber building. Mike Jeffree reports

Published:  28 May, 2009

In three years, the green screen will have grown the height of the building

The larch cladding is plain sawn and unfinished

Against the grain

This is timber building in the raw. The architect himself, Richard Scales of studiomgm, describes it as uncompromising.

Published:  25 March, 2009
The Britten Studio with its roof containing 314 acoustic boxes

The Britten Studio with its roof containing 314 acoustic boxes

Raising the rafters

A multi-million pound redevelopment project at Snape Maltings has timber at its heart. Sally Spencer reports

Published:  01 February, 2009

The archive from the water

Museum piece

Peter Wilson, architect and director of business development for the Centre for Timber Engineering at Napier University takes a look at the 2008 Wood Awards Gold Award winner, the Shetland Museum and Archives.

Published:  01 February, 2009