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Tim Crump describes Oakwrights houses as “country contemporary” – a modern design softened by the oak frame

Oakwrights’ “try before you buy” show home is an expensive luxury, but one that pays dividends

In the frame

Green oak frame specialist Oakwrights combines traditional values with hi-tech production. Sally Spencer reports

Published:  19 February, 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

TRADA can offer guidance on restarting work on a stalled timber frame project

Wind-damaged breather membrane has been torn away, exposing plywood to the elements

Restarting timber frame projects

Robin Lancashire, Head of TRADA Technology’s Building Performance Section, discusses the options available to contractors when timber or timber-based products have wetted up during stalled builds

Published:  18 February, 2010

Connection detail at Portcullis House, Westminster, London

3.8a N-truss with lapped members through-bolted

Making the connection

TRADA president Peter Ross is co-author of Timber in Contemporary Architecture – a designer’s guide published last month to mark TRADA’s 75th anniversary. In this extract from the book, he examines metal connections

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

Treatments, like Arch's Dricon FR, have been developed to minimise timber frame fire risk during the vulnerable construction stage when the wood is exposed

Treatments take the heat out of fire risk concerns

Demand for fire retardants is growing. David Castle reports

Published:  12 February, 2010

Arch’s Dricon is used on interior cladding at St Anne’s church in Belfast

Treated to last

Evolving preservative treatments enable timber to be used in ever more challenging applications. David Castle reports

Published:  12 February, 2010

The Comfort and Cost report is based on latest technical research for the timber industry by ESD and Buro Happold

The cost of comfort

A new report commissioned by the UKTFA and wood for good provides guidance on CSH compliance. Liz Male reports

Published:  12 February, 2010

Plato Wood is a thermally-treated hardwood

Improving on nature?

Dr Andy Pitman, TRADA Technology’s head of construction technical services, reviews some of the advantages of using modified wood products over standard timber

Published:  11 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

The glulam creates a toroid, curving up and over

Learning curves

The University of Reading’s new business school is a showcase for glulam. Keren Fallwell reports

Published:  22 October, 2009

Existing pitch-roofed, brick-skinned SMTS timber frame houses are more likely to be the model for Sigma II designs than the ‘eco-home’ of the future look of the BRE test-bed building

Fit & forget

After intensive research, Stewart Milne Timber Systems’ maxim for eco-housing success is keep it  simple, stupid. Mike Jeffree reports

Published:  22 October, 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