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Glasgow Harbour development

Maintenance matters

TRADA senior consultant architect Patrick Hislop RIBA discusses the practical advantages of metal cladding for timber windows

Published:  03 August, 2007

Timber frame – do not underestimate the value of training for everyone involved

Delivering excellence

Huel Twist, manager of the frameCHECK team at TRADA Technology, discusses best practice for timber frame construction, based on his presentation at TRADA’s recent In Touch with Timber conference

Published:  03 August, 2007

Windows must achieve A+ or possibly A ratings as defined in the new Green Guide

Fighting global warming

Rupert Scott, regulations & codes consultant for TRADA, discusses the Code for Sustainable Homes and what it means for designing in timber

Published:  03 August, 2007

Hard maple was used for the wall panelling and ceiling grid in Santander Group’s new Madrid headquarters

Making maple a staple

Maple is an ideal species for flooring, interior joinery and furniture. Michael Buckley of World Hardwoods reports

Published:  01 August, 2007

The FSC logo is probably the most familiar forest certification brand in the UK

FSC makes a mark

In the second of a series of articles on the various sustainable timber certification schemes, Rupert Oliver examines the Forest Stewardship Council

Published:  01 August, 2007

Hemp is harvested after 14 weeks

Grass roots construction

A special blend of hemp and lime is becoming an increasingly widely accepted eco-alternative to concrete – and especially popular used in conjunction with wood-based construction. Mike Jeffree reports

Published:  01 August, 2007

One of the main A-frames

Old and improved

A 400-year-old timber-framed cottage restored after a catastrophic blaze incorporates some hidden fire safety improvement. Mike Jeffree reports

Published:  29 July, 2007

The site is inspected on a regular basis, in accordance with the fire risk mitigation scheme

Good housekeeping

Timber frame still has a place in a 1,000-unit development, thanks to a scheme to reduce the risk of fire during construction. Sally Spencer reports

Published:  29 July, 2007

Datum already has £2.5m worth of orders for the next two quarters

Lean and green

When Simon and Sandy Bliss set up timber frame company Datum, they decided to break the manufacturing mould. Keren Fallwell reports

Published:  29 July, 2007

Cladding is proving increasingly popular among architects and building designers

Outer Beauty

Timber cladding is enjoying a boom in fortunes as architects and specifiers recognise its flexibility, durability and aesthetics. David Castle finds out more

Published:  23 July, 2007

The Scottish Public Pensions Agency in Galashiels, by RMJM Architects

It's not unusual

Architect Peter Wilson, director of business development at the Centre for Timber Engineering at Napier University, has been commissioned by the Forestry Commission Scotland to write a book, New Timber Architecture in Scotland. Here he provides a preview of the book, which documents around 70 of the best projects built over the past 10 years

Published:  23 July, 2007

The Onwin-Lawrence house at Balnafoich, Inverness, features Douglas fir trusses curved at the ridge with slow-grown larch cladding

Organic buildings

Peter Wilson, director of business development for the Centre for Timber Engineering at Napier University in Edinburgh, reports on the work of Neil Sutherland, an architect who has gone to unusual lengths to achieve his desired effect

Published:  15 July, 2007

The complex geometry of the pods required a high degree of skill SHEPHERD CONSTRUCTION

Study in red

American red oak has proved a hit with both staff and pupils at Northampton School for Boys. Lucy Kamall reports

Published:  15 July, 2007

OSM's design for a show home at Stoke-on-Trent College

House to haus

German timber house manufacturers are beginning to make their presence felt in the UK. Stephen Powney reports

Published:  15 July, 2007

One of the pods is lifted into place

High pods

The challenge was building new penthouse flats on top of a prestigious six-storey London apartment block. The solution was prefabricated, timber-frame pods and a crane. Mike Jeffree reports

Published:  13 July, 2007
Under the coppiced chestnut tree

Furniture maker Stephen Owen is building a workshop at Cranleigh School, using coppiced chestnut. Will Anderson reports

Published:  13 July, 2007
UKTFA reveals timber frame growth

Timber's share of the new housing is on the up, as the latest figures show

Published:  18 June, 2007
TDA hails pre-finished hardwood decking

Decking market gets ready for hardwood surge as Timbmet unveils new pre-finished range

Published:  18 June, 2007

Cetol BL Opaque was used to finish timber cladding at the centre

Opaque finish is on song

An opaque timber finish has been used to make a timber-clad building shine out as a beacon to endangered birds

Published:  18 June, 2007
ODA's Bonfield praises timber progress

The head of the Olympic Development Authority's construction initiatives believes timber companies are ready to take advantage of 2012

Published:  18 June, 2007

St George’s Roman Catholic Church Hall, Worcester Panton Sargent Ltd

Wood Awards 2007 nets record entries

Record number of entries for awards that showcase the best in timber construction

Published:  18 June, 2007
Robust approval

Wolf Systems Ltd’s easi-joist metal web floor system has been given Robust Detail approval

Published:  18 June, 2007

Baufritz’s carbon positive house was popular with visitors to Grand Designs Live

Grand Baufritz design

Baufritz’s carbon positive house took centre stage at Grand Designs Live at ExCeL, London

Published:  18 June, 2007
Maple SupaWall praise

Langley-based Maple Timber Systems has been praised for its work on zero carbon homes and sustainability

Published:  18 June, 2007

Timber played a major role at BRE’s OFFSITE 2007 exhibition and conference

Timber catches OFFSITE imagination

Timber played a major role at BRE’s OFFSITE 2007 exhibition and conference in June, with five of the six state-of-the-art sustainable houses in The Big Build showcase using wood-based construction methods

Published:  18 June, 2007
Timber goes under the hammer

Oak, douglas fir and straw are to be used to build a new auction house for Sworder Fine Art Auctioneers

Published:  18 June, 2007

The new visitor centre at Cley Richard Osbourne Blue Pearl Photographic

Marsh centre stars in Architecture Week

A cutting-edge, sustainable visitor centre utilising Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) timber has been completed by LSI Architects in Norfolk

Published:  18 June, 2007
Timber frame claims trophy

Timber frame manufacturer Frame UK has claimed a top housing award for its work on a development in Cornwall

Published:  18 June, 2007

Cross-laminated timber triangles at FXB

Building goes Xtreme

Cross-laminated timber triangles have been used to build a deconstructed Japanese T-House as part of the Festival of Xtreme Building (FXB) in Birmingham

Published:  18 June, 2007

Levolux supplied a timber solar shading solution at Kew

Solar solution

Solar shading timber fins have been installed by Levolux at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Published:  18 June, 2007

Cyclists in action at the velodrome

Baltic pine on track

More than 50,000 linear metres of Baltic pine is being used to replace Manchester Velodrome's world famous cycling track

Published:  18 June, 2007

The Optima system was used to construct the Lamanna Rise development in five months

First Step for Optima

Ease of construction and the inclusion of high-quality components were key factors behind First Step Homes’ decision to include Kingspan Off-Site’s Optima system at a development in Cornwall

Published:  18 June, 2007
TRADA touches down in 2008

TRADA’s In Touch with Timber conference is to become an annual event following the success of this year’s show

Published:  18 June, 2007

Wimpey’s Oxley Woods development has been designed with the future in mind

Wimpey opens door to sustainable homes

The first batch of sustainable homes to come out of the partnership between housebuilder George Wimpey and architect Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) have been unveiled at Oxley Woods, Milton Keynes

Published:  18 June, 2007
BoKlok claims prize

The company behind the BoKlok timber frame housing development in the north-east has been awarded an architectural award for structural innovation

Published:  18 June, 2007

The Haigh and Haigh development

Six-storey timber build

Chandos Timber Engineering has craned the last roofing frames into place as it finishes off the north-west’s first six-storey timber apartment block

Published:  18 June, 2007
ADG hits landmark

The Architects Design Group (ADG) is set to celebrate the completion of its 1,000th affordable home in the south-west

Published:  18 June, 2007

The bridge will feature cumaru decking

Bridge over the River Aire

FSC-certified cumaru timber is to be used to construct a 130-metre long McDowell & Benedetti-designed pedestrian bridge that will “snake” across the River Aire in Yorkshire

Published:  18 June, 2007
Coillte remains bullish on timber frame

Luxury modular timber frame houses still a possibility, says Coillte

Published:  18 June, 2007

The therapy centre uses lacquered Spanish timber

Lacquer therapy at St Johns

Lacquered timber is to be used to offset the “civic scale” of a concrete construction

Published:  18 June, 2007
£5.6m timber project gets green light

A £5.6m housing development in Coventry is to use timber frame construction to create “high quality and sustainable homes”

Published:  18 June, 2007