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IN WITH THE NEW PIVETEAUBOIS to launch new CLT product in the UK / 12 IN FOR THE SKILL


Why the future of the sector depends on tackling the skills shortage / 14

Why the timber sector needs to get on board with BIM / 25




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A stunning structure at the Mount Fuji World Heritage Centre in Japan becomes the first in the country to receive PEFC project certification




A lack of investment in skills and building methods could see the timber sector miss out so how does it ensure a skilled homegrown workforce for the future?


Peter Wilson reviews a publication which aims to demonstrate the effectiveness of modern solid timber technologies such as glulam using


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Adoption rates of BIM are increasing within the wider construction sector but is the timber industry BIM ready?


Timber Expo, the UK’s only event dedicated exclusively to timber, returned to Birmingham as part of the most successful UK Construction Week in its


three-year outing



A new fire door installation qualification aimed at improving fire safety has been piloted


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SAINT-GOBAIN UK & IRELAND COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF SCOTFRAME LIMITED Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland has completed the acquisition of timber frame kit manufacturer and supplier Scotframe Limited. The move marks an acceleration in SaintGobain’s involvement in offsite manufacturing and the closed panel construction market. Operating from two manufacturing sites and four sales and showroom locations in Scotland, Scotframe manufactures and supplies full timber frame housing kits for small/medium builders, developers and self-builders in the UK. It is also a market leader in closed panel systems used extensively for new-build homes in Scotland and England. Mike Newnham, chief executive of SaintGobain Building Distribution UK & Ireland said:

Saint-Gobain share the same core focus on

for all our dedicated colleagues. Having established

“Scotframe is a great fit for Saint-Gobain and we’re

safety, understanding and supporting customers

the business 28 years ago the sale of Scotframe is

delighted the team at Scotframe are joining our

throughout the house building and designing

a tremendous milestone in our evolution and I’m

group. Scotframe has more than 160 dedicated and

process. Both companies also champion the role

delighted that we will be beginning this new chapter

knowledgeable employees who have considerable

building performance has in creating comfortable

as part of the Saint-Gobain group – a tremendous

technical knowledge in manufacturing high-quality

and healthy living environments.

company with a fantastic reputation and great

timber housing kits and wall, floor and roof panels

‘I’m delighted that the founder and MD of

for the UK market. Scotframe is a business strongly

Scotframe, Bob Edwards, will continue as managing

our customers nothing will change – we continue to

aligned to Saint-Gobain’s strategy to create great

director of Scotframe following the acquisition,

operate business as usual. For our colleagues who

living places and improve daily life, and enables

so Scotframe will continue business as usual,

make our business such a success this is a terrific

Saint-Gobain to further accelerate its growth and

serving customers and manufacturing high-quality

opportunity to be part of a global group with 18,000

expertise in offsite manufacturing for construction


colleagues in the UK alone and a culture of valuing

markets. “Just as importantly for me, Scotframe and

Bob Edwards, managing director of Scotframe added: “Today is an exciting day for Scotframe and

strength. I will continue to run Scotframe and for

personal development and growth – so many new opportunities for our business.”

TIMBER FRAME HOMES FOR SERVICE PERSONNEL per week over a phased programme. Taylor Lane met the completion date target for each phase. The timber frame kits, which comprise ground and first floor panels, floor cassettes and roof components, achieve a U-value of 0.19 W.m2K. “We required a quick design, mobilisation and delivery function to secure construction operations on the ground and ensure that we achieved the project completion date. Taylor Lane’s ethos and attitude matched our own in this regard,” said Ryan Harris, project director at Hill, which has worked with Taylor Lane on several projects over the past decade. Early engagement was crucial said Harris, adding: “The timber frame designs are fundamental to the commencement of site operations. We needed to know the line loads of the timber frame to design the foundations in order to secure firm costs and make an active start in the ground. Engaging the timber frame supplier early in the pre-construction Taylor Lane Timber Frame has supplied and erected timber frame kits for a development of 322 homes for service personnel and their families in Tidworth, Wiltshire.

stage was vital to allow an aggressive start. “I was impressed with the competence and professionalism of Taylor Lane throughout the design and delivery processes. Manufacturing, delivery,

The company was appointed by Hill to supply frame kits for the £70

hoisting and assembly are significant operations within their own rights

million scheme, which is being built on behalf of the Defence Infrastructure

and Taylor Lane were able to effectively bring all four disciplines together

Organisation (DIO), at barracks on and around Salisbury Plain.

to achieve the delivery programme. All functions ran like clockwork and to

Kits for all 322 three and four-bedroom homes were manufactured, delivered to site and erected in 13 months, with a delivery target of 10 units


achieve that is outstanding”. The site is due for completion in spring 2018.




COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR TAKES OVER REINS AT VICAIMA Vicaima managing director Barry Waddell has taken early retirement from the company, which supplies interior door, doorset and associated joinery solutions to the British and Irish construction markets, after three years at the helm. He has been succeeded by former commercial director Frederico Capela, who took over the position of managing director on 1 December. Capela has played an active role within the Vicaima Group for over 17 years, including two periods within the UK and four years as executive director of its operation in Brazil. He said: “I am really excited to take on this new challenge and I look forward to the continued growth of such a successful and well-respected manufacturer within the interior joinery market. “Vicaima has everything it takes to reach even greater heights; committed employees, great products and a real passion for innovation”. The position of commercial director has been taken over by Paul King, formerly head of UK marketing. He has been part of the senior management team since joining Vicaima and has played an active role in shaping the strategy. Arlindo Leite, Vicaima Group CEO thanked Waddell for his tireless contribution to Vicaima and wished him every happiness for the future.

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LONG-TERM UNCERTAINTY IN JOINERY INDUSTRY DESPITE SOUND MEDIUM-TERM PROSPECTS Growing concerns over skills, raw materials and the implications of Brexit

up well and more than half of firms operating at over four fifths of their

are fostering long-term uncertainty in the joinery industry, despite the

capacity,” said BWF policy and communications executive Matt Mahony.

medium-term prospects remaining sound, according to the BWF’s Joinery State of Trade Survey for the third quarter of 2017.

“Investment is set to increase with manufacturing equipment and product improvement the main targets but large increases in spending are

Growing concerns over skills, raw materials and the implications of

also anticipated for R & D and e-business. Longer-term growth expectations

Brexit are fostering long-term uncertainty in the joinery industry, despite the

appear to have been dampened slightly, however, and this tallies with broader

medium-term prospects remaining sound, according to the BWF’s Joinery

construction industry research suggesting that slower economic growth and

State of Trade Survey for the third quarter of 2017.

signs of an emerging weakness in construction activity outside of private

“Labour shortages and raw materials costs continue to bite but sales growth is still expected, at least in the medium term, with order books holding

housing are beginning to have an impact on spending decisions. “Labour availability is also becoming a growing concern, and this is now anticipated by survey respondents to become the biggest constraint on activity over the next year. New training and apprenticeship reforms, not to mention industry-led skills initiatives, will need to deliver for the woodworking sector and BWF has been redoubling its efforts to support the joinery skills agenda.” Almost half (44%) of respondents reported an increase in sales volumes over the last quarter, with 46% reporting an increase over the last year. This corresponds with the 42% of respondents reporting a quarterly increase in the previous survey. Manufacturers felt that sales volumes would improve in the next quarter, with a balance of 40% predicting an increase for the fourth quarter of 2017, and a balance of 36% predicting an increase over the next year. Just over a quarter (26%) of companies reported a current order book of future work extending beyond three months – down 16% from the previous


quarter – with 53% saying that their order book extended from between one and three months. Labour availability was listed as the most likely constraint on output over the next year by 35% of respondents. Demand and capacity came next, with 29% and 17% of respondents feeling that they were most likely to constrain output. Just over a third (34%) of respondents on balance reported increasing


their labour force in the last year, with 37% of respondents anticipating an increased labour force over the next year. Raw material costs were noted as the main inflationary factor for unit

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costs for 96% of respondents, with wages/salary increases pushing up unit costs for 82% of respondents on balance. Over the previous year a balance of 49% of respondents had invested in improving their products with 43% investing in their plant/equipment. Investment in product improvement was set for the highest capital investment over the next year, with a balance of 54% planning to invest and 50% set to invest in plant/equipment.




WOOD FOR GOOD CAMPAIGN APPOINTS AMBASSADOR AND COMMITTEE CHAIR experience and knowledge complements our values and objectives perfectly.” Birkbeck has been at the helm of Design for Homes since 2000. He incorporated it as a social enterprise to promote what works best in housing and campaigns for homes to be better designed and produced in greater volumes. He will use his extensive experience and industry networks to help Wood for Good push for new opportunities to position timber as a first-choice material in construction, from interiors through to large-scale commercial projects. Discussing the current housing situation in the UK, Birkbeck, said: “Everyone knows the country can’t get anywhere near the level of production it needs without more companies and more solutions in the supply chain. The Wood for Good, the timber industry’s campaign to promote the use of

next few years should offer a range of platforms for the timber industry

timber in design and construction, has appointed a new ambassador

to show its potential and help tackle an increasingly corrosive problem –

and committee chair.

access to a home.”

David Birkbeck, Design for Homes’ chief executive, takes over from Craig White, who has been involved since 2013.

White added: “During my time with Wood for Good, interest in new timber technologies and methods of construction has grown rapidly. The

“Craig has done a fantastic job with Wood for Good over the past four years and we are lucky to have him as a continued friend to the

timber industry is perfectly placed to meet this shifting market demand and Wood for Good will continue to provide valuable support.”

campaign,” said Christiane Lellig, campaign director for Wood for Good.

Wood for Good’s objective is to make wood a first-choice material for

“We are very pleased to have David on board. With the continuing

specifiers and designers by demonstrating that wood is a versatile building

development and growing support for the timber industry, David’s

material with numerous application possibilities beyond traditional use.

TIMBER SUPPLY CHAIN UNITES The Confederation of the Timber Industries’ (CTI) board has approved an application to join from the Wood Protection Association (WPA). “This is another critical step in ensuring that the timber supply chain effectively unites to provide a common voice and a platform to support collaboration,” said Roy Wakeman OBE, chairman of the CTI. “As we look forward to developing our industrial strategy we need to be mindful of every stage in our process, improving productivity and innovating our products to ensure they maintain the highest possible performance, health and sustainability credentials. It is great to have the WPA with all the expertise they bring in timber treatment and protection to this forum”. The paperwork was signed on the CTI stand at Timber Expo during UK Construction Week.

 CTI board members at Timber Expo. In the middle CTI chairman Roy Wakeman and WPA technical director Gordon Ewbank

like now is the time to get involved.

by our already close working relationship with

Steve Young, director of the Wood Protection

“We have an exciting new programme of

Association (WPA), said: “We have been watching

work focusing on supply chain education and

natural fit now to progress this and support the

the CTI going from strength to strength and feel

materials health matters, much of it inspired

wider work through the CTI.”



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The first precision-engineered modular homes to be built at Swan Housing Association’s offsite factory have been delivered to the Craylands Estate in Basildon, Essex.

latest phase of the regeneration of the estate. Built using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), the homes are being delivered by Swan’s in-house developer, NU living under their ‘NU

The factory, which Swan took the keys to in January, will produce 300-400 modular homes per year, 560 of which, will be used in the

build’ brand. Although when complete the homes will be indistinguishable from traditionally-built homes, they will be greener, more sustainable, cheaper to heat, and come with a 10-year guarantee and 60-year quality assurance. Swan is not relying on additional or foreign investment and is funding the factory set-up, the ongoing costs and the production of the homes from the budget for its redevelopment of the Craylands estate. Even when allowing for these costs, Swan believes it can make savings against traditional construction and deliver completed homes to site 50% quicker than traditional construction methods. John Synnuck, Swan’s chief executive, said: “At Swan we understand the desperate need for quality new homes. We believe that offsite construction methods will enable us to deliver these much-needed homes quickly, designed to a high specification and with reduced impact on both local residents and the environment. We are not only excited to be early adopters in the UK of this new way of working, but to see the first of our modules delivered to site, is not only exciting, but a great step towards helping deliver more homes, more quickly.” Geoff Pearce, executive director of development and regeneration, added: “I am thrilled to have seen the first of our homes delivered to site today. Swan is truly committed to delivering innovation. Offsite construction is commonly used overseas, and the homes are indistinguishable from ones that are built using more traditional methods. We already have our own in-house skilled construction team and so, as both the constructor and developer of the homes, we are perfectly placed to manage the process of building homes offsite efficiently and to the highest standards. We are convinced that this method will enable us to deliver modern high-quality homes that people will want to live in, whilst supporting the economy in our core geographical base, building local and national expertise in manufacturing and supporting the UK modular industry.”




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FIRST HARDWOOD CROSS LAMINATED STRUCTURE IN UNITED STATES UNVEILED AT EXHIBIT COLUMBUS Design firm IKD unveiled the first hardwood Cross Laminated (HCLT) structure in the United States at the 2017 Exhibit Columbus. The Conversation Plinth was situated in the main plaza of Columbus, Indiana, for the duration of the exhibition which ran until the end of November. The structure won the Miller Prize, a competition which honours J. Irwin Miller and Xenia S. Miller, two patrons of architecture, art and design by continuing their desire to make Columbus the best community of its size. Conversation Plinth aims to celebrate the community of Columbus while also paying homage to past revolutionaries of design such as J. Irwin Miller who transformed the small city of 46,000 people. The structure takes inspiration from the conversation pit in the living room of the Miller House, as well as the plinths that raise the iconic surrounding landmarks such as Cleo Rogers Memorial Library, Eliel Saarinen’s First Christian Church and the Large Arch designed by Henry Moore. The installation, which was illuminated at night, encircled the Moore statue

NEW MD FOR NORSCOT Callum Grant has been appointed as managing director of Norscot, the

with large timber discs rising upwards, encouraging viewers to change their

North of Scotland’s largest manufacturer of kit homes, windows and

perspective on the city.


Although softwood CLT is already in commercial use in the United States,

Grant, who was previously commercial director, joined Norscot in

hardwood CLT is not. As pioneers in the use of the material in the Unites States,

1988 in a sales position, before being appointed to the board in 1992.

IKD was awarded a 2017 Wood Innovation grant by the United States Forest

He has now taken on the dual role of managing and commercial director.

Service. The grant was given to develop the material innovation for installation

Outgoing managing director and co-founder of the business, Peter Body,

and for product certification with the aim of mass production.

has taken up the role of chairman.

Led by Yugon Kim and Tomomi Itakura, IKD developed a hardwood CLT

“Callum has always demonstrated a strong desire to see the business

made from a mix species, low value grade three common American hardwoods

succeed and serve the community in which we work,” said Body. “He is

for use in the project.

well respected within the business, the industry and beyond. He is the

Indiana’s largest cash crop is hardwood but more than 55% of each log processed is of low value. The project proves that the parts of logs harvested

right man to take Norscot forwards as we look to continue our growth.” Norscot, which employs 60 people and generates around £4 million

from Indiana’s forests, currently being used to produce low-value wood

a year, aims to double sales over the next five years. It is a manufacturer

products, can be put to better use with Hardwood CLT. The installation shows

of timber-framed kit homes, as well as PVCu, timber and aluminium clad

that by upcycling low-value hardwood sawn logs, such as grade 3 common oak,

timber windows and doors.

maple and ash, a high-value hardwood CLT can be made and subsequently used in commercial projects.

“I’m extremely excited about Norscot’s future prospects,” says Grant, who took up his new role on 1 October. “I relish the opportunity to take

The project ultimately seeks to revolutionise the timber industry by

a lead in the next phase of its development. It’s an exciting time for the

demonstrating the viability, value and benefits of hardwood CLT for Indiana and

business and I look forward to continuing Peter and the team’s great

the Midwest.

work, to help continue Norscot’s growth.”

IKD hopes that the project will work as a catalyst to initiate effects such as

There are four divisions within the Norscot group – Norscot

expanding and diversifying hardwood lumber markets, creating higher forest land

Windows & Doors, Norscot Kit Homes, Cottage Kit Homes and

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MACTAGGART & MICKEL HOMES MOVES INTO ENGLAND Housebuilder, Mactaggart & Mickel Homes, part of the Mactaggart & Mickel Group, has lodged reserved matters planning permission for its first site in England. The plans for the site at Milton under Wychwood in Witney, Oxfordshire, mark a big step forward in the company’s expansion plans south of the border. It is also expecting to lodge another detailed planning application for a second site at East Challow in Oxfordshire. The family business has been building homes in Scotland since 1925 and has won over 100 National House Building Council (NHBC) awards, as well as the highly acclaimed Queen’s Award for Enterprise for its work as part of City Legacy, developers of the Athletes’ Village for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Its move into the English house building market represents a major milestone for the business as it plans to broaden its geographical reach to a UK-wide audience. Mactaggart & Mickel Group already has a strong land bank in England and has been

detailed planning application is expected

viable sites, so building our own housing


developments south of the border is the next

Ed Monaghan, chairman of Mactaggart

natural step.

involved in strategic land development south

& Mickel Homes England Ltd said: “It’s an

of the border since 2008, securing over 1,200

exciting time for the company and fulfils our

working with local suppliers and contributing

acres across the north west and south west of

long-term ambition to expand and become

to the local economy in the areas where we

England, with a further 250 acres under offer.

a UK housebuilder. We have been delivering

plan to deliver quality new homes.”

The housing development at Milton under

quality homes for nearly a century and our

“We look forward to the opportunity of

Mactaggart & Mickel employs 279 people

Wychwood currently has outline planning

English strategic land business has been

and anticipates that this number will rise over

consent for 62 homes and a decision on the

very successful in identifying and promoting

the coming year as it expands into England.

CLT IS FIRST CHOICE FOR RETIREMENT DEVELOPMENT Specialist retirement living developer PegasusLife has broken ground on a new scheme for over 55s in Falmouth which will be constructed using cross-laminated timber (CLT). The Fitzroy project will consist of a five-storey building designed to be a modern interpretation of the grand apartments and hotels, such as The Falmouth and The Royal Duchy, which line the town’s seafront. The adoption of CLT cuts construction time for the project by six weeks as the panels are manufactured offsite, and reduces the depth and cost of the foundations needed by 25%, as it is half the weight of traditional concrete frames. “We’re innovating in all sorts of areas and so it makes sense that we

 Falmouth seafront – the inspiration behind the design for the Fitzroy project

look towards more forward-thinking construction methods too. CLT is a much more sustainable method of construction and will significantly

John Nordon, design director at PegasusLife, said: “CLT is a quieter,

reduce the carbon footprint of the Falmouth development” says Howard

cleaner material to work with but, while the thermal and environmental

Phillips, chief executive of PegasusLife.

benefits are well documented, it also offers a lot of design versatility too

The CLT panels are machine cut, which reduces wastage and helps to create an airtight envelope which also helps to shrink heating costs.


so this is an exciting step for PegasusLife.” The first residents are due to move into the development in summer 2018.




PEFC CERTIFICATION FIRST FOR UPSIDE DOWN MOUNT FUJI The final piece of the new Mount Fuji World Heritage Centre in

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Japan is soon to be revealed and the stunning structure is made from

Association (JIA), the certification body responsible for verifying the

locally sourced wood from PEFC/SGEC-certified forests.

use of certified timber within the building.

Built with Japanese cypress wood, the latticework structure

Amongst the attendants were the Mayor of Fuji City, Mr

resembles Mount Fuji upside down. It is also the first construction

Konagai, who is chairman of Fuji District Forestry Promotion

project in Japan to achieve PEFC project certification.

Association, as well as officials from the local administrative bodies,

“We pioneered PEFC project certification to ensure that fantastic constructions such as this are able to take advantage of

the architectural sector, JIA and representatives from SGEC and the PEFC Asia Promotions team for Japan.

PEFC certification and demonstrate their sustainable credentials,” said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International. PEFC project certification provides independent verification that the building was constructed with certified timber, without the need for all sub-contractors to be certified. “This beautiful building is a fantastic demonstration of what can be achieved using locally-produced, PEFC/SGEC-certified wood,” said Kiyoo Nakagawa, chief secretary of the Sustainable Green Ecosystem Council (SGEC), PEFC’s national member for Japan. “With the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games around the corner, PEFC project certification and the use of PEFC/SGECcertified timber is the perfect fit to ensure these games are the most environmentally-friendly ones to date,” added Nakagawa. The PEFC project certification certificate was presented at

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BREAKING BOUNDARIES WITH CLT In Summer 2018 a new cross laminated timber (CLT) product will enter the UK when PIVETEAUBOIS launch HEXAPLI. This exciting addition to the solid engineered wood sector will add a different dimension to the rapidly evolving structural timber market


IVETEAUBOIS has been at the heart of

the new sales team led by Elisabeth Piveteau-

need for housing of all typologies is a problem

the French timber sector for over 70 years

Boley. This reflects the growing stature of the

confronting everybody operating inside the built

and is one of Europe’s leading softwood

company and also the rapid growth of the

environment supply chain. With a planet needing

sawmillers and manufacturers of timber

structural timber market – in particular solid

to house 2.5 billion new city dwellers by 2050,

products for the construction, landscaping

wood solutions – where the company has 20

materials such as CLT will play a pivotal role in

and energy sectors and is also France’s number

years’ experience and expertise in timber bonding

bringing a strong, aesthetic, energy efficient and

one supplier of wood pellets.

using its Lamwood technology and produces

ecologically friendly response to these challenges.

Operating from three key processing sites in Sainte-Florence and Egletons in France and Wiele in Poland, the family-firm promotes timber as an

50,000m of engineered finger-jointed, glued 3

solid timber and glulam annually. As the adoption of CLT as a strong,

To reflect these significant issues PIVETEAUBOIS is making a bold and exciting move further into the engineered timber

environmentally sound material as well as bringing

sustainable, high performance alternative to steel

sector to build on its glulam offering with the

innovative design and robust technology to the

and concrete has gathered pace in recent years,

development of a new CLT product – freshly

timber supply chain. Its services include wood

architects, specifiers, clients and contractors are

minted as HEXAPLI.

processing as well as designing, manufacturing

recognising the huge benefits that solid timber

“The UK market is a significant and vibrant

and delivering high-quality and advanced timber

can bring to all sectors of construction. As well

one for all timber products but the interest and

products ranging from sawn timber, structural

as the carbon sequestration and environmental

growth potential for solid engineered timber

components and glulam to cladding, decking and

benefits, CLT provides the key assurances

such as glulam and CLT is really exciting,” says

UC4 fencing and landscaping products.

of offsite manufacture – factory controlled

Piveteau-Boley. “The construction market has

precision, less wasteful onsite activity, improved

become very important for the company overall

PEFC and FSC-certified forests in France

health and safety and better working conditions

as it represents more than 60% of the volume of

and Poland – Pine, Douglas fir, Larch and

alongside faster installation and delivery

our sawn timber sales. We have been researching

Spruce – responsible purchasing is central


and developing this new product to add to our

Selecting the best quality softwood from

to PIVETEAUBOIS’s mission to respect the

Recently, the structural and engineering

portfolio since 2014 and have made a major

landscape and deliver practical, stylish and quality

benefits that CLT brings has seen the material

investment in a new production facility in Sainte-

timber products to its customers.

become hugely influential and the central star of

Florence. The production of HEXAPLI CLT will

the new phenomenon of tall timber. Changing

see PIVETEAUBOIS become a serious competitor

demographics, climate pressures and the greater

in the CLT market.”

Since 2014, PIVETEAUBOIS has gained a significant foothold in the UK timber market with




French minister for housing and planning, Jacques Mézard, with Pierre, Jean and Philippe Piveteau

has been planning a CLT product since 2014, seeing a greater need to create a material  The PIVETEAUBOIS stand at international trade show Batimat in Paris, where HEXAPLI was launched

to meet the huge requirements of lowcarbon, energy efficient and reliable offsite construction. France has a huge woodland

Launched in November at BATIMAT in

a press every 30 minutes using the Ledinek

resource to draw on to produce these

Paris, the new range of CLT panels will add

solid wood processing technology. The panels

components – approximately 30% of the

a different dimension to PIVETEAUBOIS’s

consist of three to nine plies crossed and glued

country is forest and that is the third largest

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in Europe after Sweden and Finland – with

market opportunities across Europe and the UK.

The HEXAPLI CLT panels will be available as

French forests managed to the highest levels of

Set for supply in mid-2018, PIVETEAUBOIS is

both wall and floor panels. T-type wall panels

stewardship, so we have the capacity to cope

investing €15 million in a new fully automated

consisting of three or five plies for a total

with a lot of demand.

10,000m² production facility in its Sainte-

thickness ranging from 60 to 200mm plus

Florence headquarters that will create a unique

L-type floor panels with three to nine plies.

centre that will be the first industrial site

In keeping with its company philosophy,

“From taking your 2D/3D plans to optimising the quantity and size of the panels you need, to giving advice on transport

producing CLT panels in French wood of any

PIVETEAUBOIS will offer a bespoke service via

and storage, our design and logistics teams

significant scale.

its own integrated design office and will offer a

maintain a close relationship and co-ordinate

range of options that can be easily adapted to

the phasing of production and delivery to meet

processes necessary for the manufacture of CLT

customer needs, either from standard stock or

your requirements and scheduling operations

panels, from the bonding of timber lamella to

cut to size according to demand. A full technical

– we have a lot of knowledge and expertise to

the gluing and complete machining of the panels

support service is always available offering

offer to our UK customers.”

and the application of finishes and coatings. The

advice and expert knowledge on the production

proposed target for annual production will see

and use of all products including the CLT range.

HEXAPLI (and other development activities)

a capacity of 50,000m3 with a high-pressure

On request a translucent waterproof and stain

PIVETEAUBOIS is increasing its sawing

(8 bar) hydraulic press to guarantee factory-

resistant primer can be added to the HEXAPLI

capacity at the Sainte-Florence sawmill

controlled precision, regularity and top quality.

panels to protect them during transport, storage

line from 140,000m3 to 240,000m3 and is

The HEXAPLI CLT panels will be produced in

and erection, meaning the panels are protected

incorporating the latest technology to create

Pine, Spruce and Douglas fir – classic species

during the construction phase against stains

one of the most advanced sawing lines in the

with recognised excellent structural abilities.

and moisture and will ensure a clean panel is

world. The HEXAPLI CLT production facility

Both Pine and Douglas fir have a mechanical

delivered to the construction site – exactly as it

is in the final stages of preparation and is due

strength 20-30% higher than white wood and

leaves the production site.

to be completed by the end of 2017. The

The production facility will integrate all the

To cope with the expected demand of

manufacturing line and machinery is on course

have a better biological durability. These species

PIVETEAUBOIS can also apply the

are also readily available with close proximity to

HEXAPLI panels with finishing coatings of

to be installed at the beginning of 2018 and

the factory in the Vendée.

your choice in the factory prior to shipping

the facility is set to be fully operational and

if required. Panels can be preserved to be

rolling out the first CLT panels to customers in

panels ranging from 60mm to 360mm thick

resistant to termites, rot and wood boring

July 2018.

made from sawn timber classified at C18 or

insects in use Class 2 and for increased

C24 and 20, 30 and 40mm thick. The HEXAPLI

durability HEXAPLI panels can be produced

involved,” says Piveteau-Boley. “Seeing the new

panels are CNC-machined with a tolerance

from sap-free Douglas fir or Class 4 Autoclave

facility come together has been fascinating

of +/- 1mm, using an SCM ROUTECH Gantry

Pine. Critically, the CLT panels can be treated in

and we believe that we will be in a very strong

based on specific customer requirements.

reaction to fire to reach Euro Class Bs2do.

position in 2018 to bring HEXAPLI to the

The HEXAPLI CLT range will consist of

Standard panels will be available up to 3.5m with a maximum length of 16m at the rate of

“Sustainable construction is very important to us,” adds Piveteau-Boley. “PIVETEAUBOIS

“It is a very exciting time for everybody

marketplace as a sustainable and responsibly sourced French CLT.”

For more information visit: Contact: Elisabeth Piveteau-Boley, Export Sales Manager UK & Ireland Mob: +44 7821 807 788 Email:





BUILDING A HOMEGROWN WORKFORCE A panel of world-famous architects recently warned that Britain could miss out on a renaissance in timber construction because of a lack of investment in building methods and skilled workers. With Brexit likely to further exacerbate the skills shortage how can the sector build a strong homegrown workforce for the future? By Michelle Gordon

 Photo © The National Assembly for Wales


he need for more homegrown expertise and a

building in timber, and we need to create even more

industry was highlighted at this year’s Timber

impressive structures to gain their interest. Some

Expo by a panel of world-famous architects.

government intervention into research and training would

Britain could miss out on a renaissance in

timber construction they cautioned because of a lack of investment in building methods and skilled workers. Darron Haylock of Foster & Partners explained

Rupert Scott, TRADA


lead the way to more sustainable timber construction taking place in the UK.” The use of timber as a building material is growing in the UK and engineered wood products that have

how the two leading contractors that worked on the

been used for decades in other European countries are

architect’s recent Maggie’s Centre building at The

beginning to take hold.

Christie in Manchester were from overseas.

Young talent needs to see that there is a future in building in timber, and we need to create even more impressive structures to gain their interest.

“Young talent needs to see that there is a future in

greater understanding of timber in the construction

“We are struggling in the UK to find specialist

The number of homes being built from timber is increasing. The latest Timber Trends report, published

contractors who can deal with the timber creativity

by the Structural Timber Association (STA), highlighted a

required to push boundaries,” he said. “We need to

significant growth in the use of structural timber frame by

develop that knowledge and experience in the UK and

the housing sector over the last 12 months and predicted

promote the use of timber in our buildings.”

that the sector has the potential to reach a 32.4% market

TRADA’s Rupert Scott called for more investment

share by 2018.

in timber engineers, contractors, project managers and

STA research has also shown that 74% of the

factories. He said: “Timber expertise still has a long way

UK’s contractors, developers, architects and registered

to go in the UK, so we need to find ways to attract and

providers plan to increase specification of structural

train the brightest and the best. We need to look at

timber systems.

the skills shortage that exists and as an industry work together to develop that.

“Growth is being driven by demand for public and private housing together with commercial buildings,” said

“TRADA is working closely with many universities in its Urban Buzz 2018 competition to generate interest

Andrew Carpenter, chief executive of the STA. “The timber sector is at a very exciting place right

in timber engineering but it really requires a drive on a

now. Housing is the number one internal, political priority

more macro level.

and offsite construction is accepted by the majority as the



FEATURE: SKILLS SHORTAGE only way to build a significant number of additional houses.” Timber is the building material of choice right now said Carpenter but “whilst the construction industry is buoyed by the predicted expansion, the lack of traditional construction skills is a concern and the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union has the potential to compound the situation.” The British Woodworking Federation’s (BWF)

The medium-term prospects of the joinery industry remain sound, but growing concerns over skills, raw materials and the implications of Brexit are fostering long-term uncertainty

Joinery State of Trade Survey Q3 2017 revealed that the medium-term prospects of the joinery industry remain sound, but growing concerns over skills, raw materials and the implications of Brexit are fostering long-term uncertainty. Sales growth is still expected, at least in the medium term, with order books holding up well, manufacturers felt that sales volumes would improve in the next quarter and more than half of firms are operating at over four fifths of their capacity. But labour availability is becoming a growing concern, with labour shortages and raw materials

backdrop teacher recruitment is also a concern for

why they love it and the exciting projects they get

costs continuing to bite said BWF policy and

D&T and last year for the third year running was

to work on.

communications executive Matt Mahony.

less than 50% of the target set by the Department

The impending Brexit looks sure to exacerbate the situation as the sector faces the prospect of

for Education.” Many young people have a negative view of

It also has an apprenticeship vacancy service and training provider search to help identify opportunities for those wishing to enter and work

losing hundreds of skilled workers from across the

the construction industry and are unaware of the

in the woodworking, joinery and manufacturing


career options available beyond the trades. The


We have to assume that the sector will lose

perception and reality, however, are very different

Other successful schemes include

some skilled migrant workers but a reliance on

said Carpenter and something that the industry

Constructing Excellence South West’s Adopt

workers from outside of the UK is a short-term

has to try and change.

a School campaign, which is supported by the

fix and not a long-term plan and we should be

There have been dozens of schemes in recent

Southern Construction Framework. It encourages

focusing on ensuring a skilled workforce for

years to introduce the construction sector to

construction-related companies to ‘buddy up’ with

the future anyway, said Tony Batchelor, training

young people, to educate them about the breadth

their local schools in a bid to raise the profile of

manager for the BWF.

of opportunities available and to support them into

construction as a career choice with young people

the sector but there remains a lack of structured

and to improve the sector’s image.

A reliance on imported labour is not the only reasons for the skills gap said Batchelor. The sector

careers guidance which Batchelor calls a “national

has an ageing workforce and with fewer young


people choosing a career in timber there are simply

It is working with the CITB to create more Construction Ambassadors within each of the

“We are quite possibly suffering from an

clubs in the South West region, and aims to

not enough workers to replace the 400,000 that

initiative overload when much of the problem

link up schools and construction businesses in

the industry is predicted to lose to retirement over

should be focused on the fact that there isn’t a

ongoing partnerships, which will be expected to

the next decade.

process to feed into,” he said.

create a menu of school-based activities such as

“A real challenge in the current environment is

“We are trying to rationalise our own work

construction-related career’s fairs.

to ensure school leavers have the right information

through the Wow I Made That! Campaign and

and guidance to make an informed career decision

bring into that the MakeIt! competition that

one-day workshops and other built environment

and escape the higher education whirlpool created

we recently took over from the now defunct

student engagement programmes to schools

by the current UK education system,” he said.

Proskills, aimed at influencing existing Design and

and colleges since 2009 and in September 2012

Technology taught programmes in schools with

launched its full and accredited Design Engineer

learning focused around wood and furniture”.

Construct! (DEC) curriculum and learning

“Added to this, a critical introduction to our sector has been Design and Technology provision in school and the drop in GCSE entries is a real

The Wow I Made That! Campaign was

Class of Your Own Limited has been delivering


concern. This started with the removal of the

launched to provide relevant information and

It aims to create and inspire the next

requirement for all pupils to study Design and

guidance for those considering a career in the

generation of Built Environment professionals

Technology GCSE in 2004 and has continued,

woodworking, joinery and manufacturing industry.

through a project-based approach, which applies

It gives useful information about the types

pure academic subjects to the latest construction

particularly over the last four years as Government policy and hence school budgets have prioritised

of job roles available in the sector, guidance on

traditional, subjects over creative, artistic and

how to get into those roles and how individuals

technical ones.

can move up their respective career ladder. The

in recent years with greater flexibility in terms of

campaign also provides case studies and videos of

age and previous training but the infrastructure

apprentices already in the industry talking about

needs more attention said Batchelor. “In many

“Numbers have decreased nationally from 440,000 in 2004 to 185,279 last year. In this



industry practices. Funding for apprenticeships has improved


FEATURE: SKILLS SHORTAGE cases existing apprenticeships don’t deliver what

needs to rise dramatically if the skills gap is to

veteran of the industry, slammed the sector’s

employers really need, in some cases falling short


“dysfunctional training model” its “lack of

of employer expectations and the requirement to meet specific skills needs.” And while the move to promote vocational training is underway, it is very much work in

Batchelor urges the sector to get behind its

innovation and collaboration” and its “non-

trade associations to drive improvement in training

existent research and development culture” in

and skills which he said are just as important for

his independent review of the UK’s construction

those already working within the sector.

labour model.

progress, he said. “There appears to be a real lack

“I am working with the BWF and STA to drive

“As the recent industry report by Mark

of provision for the specialist sectors and in the

improvement. We get great input and ideas from

Farmer of Cast Consultancy clearly demonstrates,

mainstream occupations it often seems to be

our members, but the more support we get the

the traditional construction industry needs to

much more around quantity over quality.”

more we can do,” he said. “I am the first full-time

modernise or die,” said Carpenter, who believes a

education and training manager that BWF has

move towards offsite construction could help to

focusing on Centres of Excellence, an initiative

employed and this is in recognition of the growing

alleviate the pressure caused by the skills shortage.

it has set up with the National Association of

importance of our role, working with industry,

Shopfitters (NAS) to give access to high-quality,

CITB, the Institute for Apprenticeships, schools,

timber systems are ‘ahead of the curve’ hence the

industry-endorsed, and flexible training provision

colleges and independent training providers, not

sector is gaining traction as more construction

for apprenticeships and other training for the

just to create the right infrastructure, but to ensure

professionals turn to innovative timber systems,”

joinery, shopfitting & interior fit out industries.

that all have access to the right information and

he said.

This is one of the main reasons that BWF is

The network is made up of FE education colleges and private training providers across the

that we don’t allow complexity and jargon to stand in the way of a healthy skills and training culture.”

“As offsite manufactured solutions structural

“Offsite construction – the prefabrication, modularisation and standardisation of

UK, and they are audited by BWF to ensure the

There is also a culture of “someone else will

training they provide is of the high standard the

sort it for me,” he said, and the industry needs to

controlled factory environments – continues to

industry demands, with continuous feedback loops

come together more with companies large and

be quoted across Government and industry as a

to ensure it remains at the highest of standards.

small telling their trade bodies what they need

potential catalyst in meeting the challenges the

from a skills and training perspective.

industry faces.”

Clearly there are some successful schemes out there working to bring more people into the

Mark Farmer’s recent Modernise or Die review

construction processes and assets within

And so the timber sector must take up the

construction sector and to educate them about

sends out a “stark but not unrealistic challenge to

challenge to modernise, and not just survive, but

how many different career options there are but

construction,” said Batchelor.

thrive with a strong, skilled workforce for the

the number of people coming into construction

Quantity surveyor Farmer, a 25-year


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PAVATEX WOODFIBRE INSULATION: The Ideal Partner for Timber Builds

Andy Mitchell from Natural Building Technologies (NBT) discusses why the company’s range of woodfibre insulation is ideal for the timber construction market Anyone who works in the timber construction sector or supplies timber products already understands how wood’s extraordinary range of properties contributes to buildings. The use of timber often makes buildings simpler to construct and more efficient to run, with a longer service life, improved environmental performance and better building comfort. Indeed, the timber construction sector is undergoing somewhat of a renaissance in the UK, benefitting from the example of the Scandinavian and central European markets, where the plentiful supply of sustainable timber has ensured it remains, quite literally, the material with the largest growth in market share for residential builds. It’s important to remember, however, that the properties found in wood can also enhance a project’s thermal performance. Woodfibre insulation, like the Pavatex range from NBT, can carry through the integrity of a timber build throughout the wall and roof build up, leveraging the advantages of natural wood for a more sustainable solution that offers improved building comfort while providing a cost- and labour-efficient option with reduced fire and moisture control risks. Indeed, the Structural Timber Association has advised that insulation like the Pavatex range from NBT should be the preferred choice for timber frame and CLT construction projects, due to its

ability to ‘breath’. This mitigates a common risk with synthetic insulations, which can trap moisture, leading to fabric decay, as seen in an increasing number of high profile cases THE BENEFITS OF PAVATEX A natural insulation range, manufactured from timber offcuts grown in renewable forests, Pavatex offers high levels of thermal control all year round; keeping a property warm in winter and cool in the summer by minimising solar gain through lightweight structures, such as timber and steel. And, because the insulation is able to wick and buffer moisture whilst remaining vapour open, it provides a breathable insulation solution, ensuring that the timber structure is not threatened by issues associated with high moisture levels. Good thermal performance from Pavatex products is delivered through a thermal ‘wrap’, resulting in a reduction in the amount of insulation material required. This not only reduces procurement costs but also drives down labour costs and time spent on site, enabling a simpler wall or roof build up and greater design flexibility. For external envelope requirements, the Isolair, Isoroof, Diffutherm, Pavatherm Plus and Pavatherm Combi products in the range are manufactured with a tongue and groove edge to ensure a firm and precise fit at the join between each piece of woodfibre board. This helps to deliver a wind tight building envelope for enhanced thermal

performance and dramatically reduces the potential for heat loss caused by thermal bridging. Moreover, the Pavatex installation training offered by NBT and the technical support provided throughout the specification and installation process ensures that the finished scheme meets its design values for the property.

Pavatex was even installed at the recent ‘Plywood: Material of the Modern World’ exhibition at the V&A Museum exhibition, which celebrated the use of plywood in construction, furniture and design. It was chosen for inclusion in the exhibition through Waugh Thistleton Architects, an architectural practice that has pioneered the use of CLT in

Pavatex offers high levels of thermal control all year round; keeping a property warm in winter and cool in the summer by minimising solar gain through lightweight structures, such as timber and steel

For internal building envelope installations, Pavadentro, Pavaroom, Pavadry and, more recently, Pavatherm Profil, offer choice and flexibility to the specifier, enabling the inside face of external walls to be insulated. In fact, NBT currently holds the only BBA certification for internal wall insulation under the guidance of BSEN 15026 and revised BS 5250. These products have been used on significant numbers of heritage and listed properties. WOODFIBRE ON DISPLAY With such impressive credentials from both an environmental and thermal performance perspective, the Pavatex range has been recognised for its sustainability, functionality and flexibility by leading architects.

high rise structures with its Stadthaus scheme in Hackney’s Murray Grove; a nine-storey development of 29 apartments that has set the benchmark for sustainable residential projects of timber construction. The Stadthaus exhibit at the V&A’s Plywood exhibition featured a 125mm thick timber wall with Pavatex woodfibre insulation on the exterior surface. The sample envelope structure was completed with external cladding and included a thermal break and a cavity fire break. It’s just one example of the increasing interest in timber construction and the use of high performance, low environmental impact woodfibre insulation like Pavatex to complement timber structures.

For more information about Pavatex or to enquire about CPDs or installation training, visit




From developing digital techniques to model complex temporary structures to engineering the largest cross laminated timber building in the UK, Ramboll continues to push the boundaries of this dynamic material.


Dalston Works, London. Image: Daniel Shearing








Almost 20 years after its first use in the UK cross laminated timber (CLT) is yet to be embraced by many in the wider construction sector. Peter Wilson, architect and director of Timber Design Initiatives Ltd reviews a new publication which aims to demonstrate the effectiveness of modern solid timber technologies such as CLT and glulam  The American white oak glulam beams take centre stage in the corner of the new Warner Stand at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. Photo © Jon Cardwell


lmost two decades after cross laminated timber first made its appearance in the UK, it and several of the other modern

Peter Wilson is an architect and director

engineered timber products that have been transforming much

of Timber Design Initiatives Ltd,

of the country’s construction remain, for many in the industry,

a company specialising in continuing

something of an unknown quantity and to be avoided until they

professional education, product and system innovation and demonstration of

are “more proven”.

the use of advanced timber technologies

Whilst there are several hundred projects now in existence that

in architecture and construction.

ably demonstrate the efficacy of modern solid timber technologies, independent, objective information on their various properties and uses has not always been so easy to come by and have often been the source of frustration amongst designers and other potential specifiers. With the publication of Mass Timber - an introduction to Solid Laminate Timber Systems, this is no longer the case. Written by Dr Robert Hairstans, head of Edinburgh Napier University’s Centre for Offsite Construction and Innovative Structures* and an acknowledged expert in the field of timber engineering, the book explores the different glued and non-glued products available,


 American white oak glue laminated beams radiate dramatically from the corner of the ground. Photo © Jon Cardwell




RED GRANDIS™ LANDS AT LATHAMS The UK’s biggest independent timber and panel products distributor, James Latham, is now offering Red Grandis™ directly from stock through all eight of its nationwide timber depots.

Ethically sourced and plantation grown

conservatories, mouldings and cladding. It

in Uruguay by forestry and logging giant

is particularly well suited to large projects

Urufor, Red Grandis is one hundred percent

such as door frames as it is supplied in long

FSC® certified and fully complaint with

engineered lengths so it is less likely to bow

EUTR legislation.

and warp, this in turn reduces the need to

Offering exceptional durability and stability, this high-performing, versatile

overlap and finger joint frames. Mr Hayward added, “James Latham has

hardwood timber - which comes from the

a long history and expertise in bringing new

Eucalyptus family - is also easy to machine

and innovative products to market and Red

and stain, plus, because it is plantation

Grandis fits perfectly within our extensive

grown, it offers continuity of supply.

timber portfolio which boasts one of the

James Latham’s Technical Timber Sales

largest and most varied ranges of joinery

Development Manager, Justin Hayward

quality hardwoods and softwoods available

explained, “We are really excited to be able to

in the UK.”

offer this product and I am confident that it

Red Grandis is available in the following

will quickly become a popular choice with our

thicknesses as sawn timber; 25mm,

customers. Red Grandis is ethically sourced;

32mm, 38mm and 50mm and in widths of

environmentally friendly and readily available

150mm and wider as well as long lengths

and this, coupled with outstanding levels

(mainly 3.7m to 4.9m). It is also offered as

of performance in stability and durability,

WoodEx®, Latham’s own premium quality,

ensures that it ticks all of the boxes not only

engineered hardwood and softwood

for us, but for our customers.”

timber product in all core sizes for joinery

Typical uses for Red Grandis include all types of joinery such as windows, doors,

applications as clear faced and finger jointed for long lengths.

To learn more about Red Grandis and Latham’s complete product range please visit Information is also available from Latham’s marketing department by e-mailing: or by calling: 0116 257 3415.





 The 23.4-metre-long beams stretch across the stand, providing cover for the guests. Photo © Jon Cardwell

 The golden colour of the American white oak brings warmth to the interior of the stand. Photo © Jon Cardwell

through a detailed examination of the various

book has other surprises in store. The world

technical challenges are quite different and,

manufacturing processes, together with

of advanced timber technologies and that of

in this instance, required extensive research,

their individual properties and performance

solid laminate timber systems is continuously

development and testing to be carried out


evolving and no more so than in their

by the engineers and the manufacturer, Hess

manufacture from hardwoods, in an industry

Timber. Adhesives that work perfectly well with

question as to why these products are not

historically dominated by the use of softwoods.

softwood, for example, could not be absorbed

manufactured from UK-grown timber, the

Why should this be so? First, hardwood

by the white oak due its density, a significant

book provides a highly informative selection

production worldwide is forecast to rise as a

problem for finger-jointed connections but one

of case studies of research and development

result of climate change and increased planting

ultimately successfully solved by the use of a

work undertaken by Dr Hairstans and other

and second, the strength relative to weight of

modern melamine adhesive, a solution that

colleagues at Edinburgh Napier University

hardwoods allows for more slender proportions

would not have been possible a decade ago.

into the potential of the various tree species

to be achieved. Further case studies in the book

available from the UK forestry sector to be

highlight recently completed projects that make

of large-scale glulam elements and other

fabricated into commercially viable solid

exemplary use of cross laminated timber, glulam

solid laminate timber products is relatively

laminate timber systems and products. The

and laminated veneer lumber fabricated from

new territory in which further research and

answer is that they unquestionably can be

hardwoods and the potential of these relatively

development will likely to lead to wider

and there is sufficient resource to do so:

new products and systems to introduce a new

commercial production and consequent new

what is required is greater confidence in the

dimension to timber design and construction.

architectural and engineering possibilities.

In response to the endlessly repeated

future market and investment in the necessary

Take the Warner Stand at Lord’s Cricket

The use of hardwoods in the manufacture

The Warner Stand’s hardwood glulam beams,

manufacturing facilities, both areas in which UK

Ground in London, where the structure of the

as well as other projects highlighted in Mass

industry has traditionally been deficient.

new roof canopy is formed from 11 double-

Timber - an introduction to Solid Laminate Timber

tapered glulam beams of up to 23.4 metres

Systems, have undoubtedly pioneered the way

products - whether in glued forms such as cross

in length. Designed by Populous Architects

for even more advances in the use of the latest

laminated timber (CLT), glulam or laminated

and ARUP Engineers, the beams have been

developments in timber technology: time now

veneer lumber (LVL), or in non-glued variants

fabricated from American white oak, the

for new creative design thinking about how

such as dowel laminated timber (DLT) and

first occasion the species has been used on

these might be used in construction.

nail laminated timber (NLT) and who may feel

this scale. Doing so was not simply a case of

reasonably knowledgeable on the subject, the

using a hardwood instead of a softwood – the

For those who have used some of the

 11 cantilever beams carry the canopy and form the primary structure of the roof. Photo © Jon Cardwell


* (

 The new canopy provides shelter for guests, as well as magnificent views over the ground. Photo © Jon Cardwell




06-08 March 2018 / ExCeL, London

The future of the built environment is here

Timber Presenting the Timber district... The Timber district will showcase the latest innovations in timber use, including timber framing, structures, cladding, glulam and much more.


The Timber Talks Seminar theatre, in association with the Structural Timber Association, will host daily CPD-accredited masterclasses with case studies from select exhibitors and industry experts, presenting the latest in offsite timber


technology and lean manufacturing systems. SMEs and start-up companies can get support with their new product launches in the Launch Pad pavilion.


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CASE STUDY: LAVENHAM YOUNG PERSON’S CENTRE The glulam columns run from the exterior of the roof canopy right through the building, supporting the roof structure and 165cm x 405cm glulam beams which span the full 20m length of the building. Each glulam column is flitched at its top and base with 20mm diameter bolts to a steel flitch plate with a welded base bolted to the concrete foundation pad. The frame was manufactured in-house at Scotts’ factory in Thrapston. It was then craned into the Lavenham grounds in kit form and assembled on site. All machining and plate connections were carried out in-house by Scotts’ joiners to millimetre accuracy prior to assembly. Glulam was the perfect material to be used internally and externally. Secondary powder coated metalwork was included on When Scotts of Thrapston was appointed as

(to BS EN 927), were specified for this

the ends of the glulam beams to protect the

the principal designer and main contractor

project. Structurally, glulam offers strength

end grain from excessive weathering.

to create a new young person’s centre,

and durability due to its layered design

glulam was an obvious choice of material to

which creates a material that can span long

timber as a structural material, Scotts carefully

meet the design brief.

distances. It also provides a good strength to

embraces modern and traditional fire

weight ratio when compared with steel and

protection measures. This includes oversizing


of members to last a calculated period of time

The client, Lavenham Young Person’s Centre, working with Suffolk County Council, had specific design features for the

The building is designed as a ‘hybrid’,

In all projects undertaken that specify

in a fire, based on the rate at which it chars.

227m² building, which primarily offers pre-

using a traditional panelised timber frame

Other measures include pressure applied Class

school education for two to five-year olds.

with glulam supporting the main roof

0 fire treatment and Magnesium Oxide board

structure. The superstructure consists of a


These included high vaulted ceilings to prevent stale air becoming trapped.

series of 5m high x 200mm diameter circular

Sustainability and appearance were also

columns, which were designed to provide a

an alternative facility to a traditional build. The

Lavenham Young Person’s Centre wanted

important within the brief, with the client

safe play space for the children by avoiding

durability, flexibility, strength and appearance

requesting a natural aesthetic, externally

harsh corners.

of glulam helped Scotts fulfil that brief.

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ITS ALL ABOUT BIM BIM adoption reached a high point this year according to the annual NBS National BIM Report 2017, seeing the most rapid growth since 2014 but there is still a way to go before the timber sector as a whole is confident in its use


he use of Building Information Modelling – or BIM to give to it its

growth for UK companies; the development of the BIM Level 3 programme;

common name – has grown rapidly in the UK in recent years, largely

cyber security; private sector investment and engagement and a series of early

driven by the Government mandate for public sector projects to

adopter projects focusing on Level 3A and manufacturing technologies.

comply with BIM Level 2 by April 2016.

“Historically the construction industry has been one of the least

Digital Built Britain, launched in October last year, aims to build on

that to create “a digital economy for infrastructure, buildings and services”. The partnership between the Department of Business, Energy and

digitalised sectors, relying on traditional design and construction methods to deliver projects. However, in recent years this has started to change with the industry accepting that to deliver projects in the most efficient way it must

Industrial Strategy and Innovate UK aims to transform how the UK

embrace new technology and digital working,” said Stewart Dalgarno, director

construction industry and operations management professionals approach

of product development at Stewart Milne Timber Systems.

social and economic infrastructure through digital technology, continuing

“One of the major changes which have come to the industry is the

the work of the BIM Task Group programme, which was set up in 2011 to

introduction of BIM, which is a collaborative digitally enabled design and

deliver up to 20% savings on costs of major projects.

construction process which uses 3D modelling to deliver a project, across

“The use of the UK developed BIM standards is transforming the $10 trillion global construction sector towards improved productivity, competitiveness and

multiple professions and trades, from concept to facilities management.” Over 60% of design practices use BIM, a figure which is expected to rise

efficiency and providing growth for UK small businesses at the forefront of this

to 95% within three years, according to the annual NBS National BIM Report

technology,” said Simon Hart, BIM Task Group, Innovate UK.

now in its seventh year.

Digital Built Britain will focus on providing departmental support and British Standards for BIM Level 2; increased international trade and opportunities for

Part of the challenge of bringing BIM into mainstream construction practice is a lack of available products or systems in an accessible, useable format for clients, designers and construction professionals, to use.


TRA AWARDED ‘RELEVANT AUTHORITY’ STATUS FOR BIM In October, the TRA was granted ‘Relevant Authority’ status by the Construction Products Association (CPA) to ensure that trussed rafters and metal web joists are consistently represented in BIM models, regardless of the design software in which they originate. The industry software suppliers have agreed the consistent data set for trussed rafters and metal web joists and are now awaiting the launch of the CPA LEXiCON tool which will be the method used to

Stewart Dalgarno, director of product development at Stewart Milne Timber Systems

deliver the product data in an industry common language. TRA members have been modelling engineered 3D timber products using advanced software systems for over a decade. The challenge for the TRA has been to establish a consistent way for its members to collaborate with the construction sector across a range of different software platforms.




KEY FINDINGS FROM THE NBS SURVEY  51% of respondents think that the

 70% believe cost reduction in the design/

Government is on the right track with BIM  62% of practices use BIM on some projects

 44% believe that BIM has the ability to

 78% see BIM as the future of project information

66% create objects as needed and a similar

 32% believe that BIM has the ability to

number create objects in-house and re-use

improve the trade gap

them across multiple projects

 A third of respondents were not clear on

 60% of respondents think that BIM will

 41% of respondents use Autodesk Revit

what they had to do to comply with the

help bring time efficiencies, reducing time from inception to completion

BIM on more than 75% of projects  45% said they use a BIM object library.

reduce greenhouse gas emissions

 65% said BIM can bring real benefit beyond the design stage

BIM on every project. 29% said they used

build/maintain lifecycle will be realised

BIM mandate

and 14% AutoCAD  35% manage specification references

 Nearly 18% of respondents said they used

The report – one of the industry’s most comprehensive reviews into

digitally using a free plug-in from NBS

“We’ve worked closely with the BIM Store, the UK’s leading BIM content and

the use of BIM – shows that awareness of BIM is near universal and 78%

hosting creators, to develop this library and it will help designers and architects

see it as the future of project information.

build 3D models in Autodesk Revit, in a fast and accurate manner, helping them

Confidence is increasing with over half (55%) describing themselves as confident in BIM, the report says, compared to 35% in 2012 but

reduce their effort and improve accuracy, from concept to detailed design.” The use of the library will reduce lead-in time on a timber frame project by

90% said BIM adoption requires changes in workflow, practices and

as much as a month explained Dalgarno, reducing error, reworking and requests


for information by removing the need for a three-stage ‘back and forth’ design

While understanding and usage of BIM has clearly grown rapidly

process between architects and Stewart Milne Timber Systems’ design team.

in recent years in the wider construction sector, there is still some way

Instead, accurate 3D models can be prepared immediately after downloading

to go within the timber supply chain where only a small percentage of

content from the BIM library, providing a platform for clash detection, reducing

companies are BIM ready, according to research from Stewart Milne

sites costs and delays incurred when unforeseen clashes arise on site.

Timber Systems.

Stewart Milne Timber Systems plans to further refine, test and challenge its

The majority of BIM-ready companies are large players, said Dalgarno, with small to medium-sized companies being left behind. In a bid to address this issue, Stewart Milne Timber Systems worked with CITB through its Flexible Funding – Innovation pilots to carry out a 12-month

progression to digital working, increase its BIM maturity levels and grow its BIM Library. “It’s encouraging to see the recognition from the industry of the benefits offered by innovations like BIM and digital working,” said Dalgarno. “Getting the whole supply chain ready to take advantage of it, not just the bigger companies with the resources to invest, will be key to delivering the benefits to the most important part of the construction sector – the end user.”

 Stuart Milne Timber Systems’ BIM Library

ANOTHER LEVEL There are four BIM levels each representing an increasing maturity in use of digitisation and collaboration in a construction or infrastructure project.  Level 0 – Projects use only 2D computer-aided design (CAD) drafting. There is very little collaboration and any data exchange is typically conducted via paper or print.  Level 1 – Projects use a mixture of 2D and 3D CAD drafting with a common data environment for the electronic sharing of data.  Level 2 – Projects use intelligent, data-rich objects in a managed study assessing the BIM readiness of small and medium-size builders. A survey of the house building companies supply chain revealed only 2% of respondents were BIM ready and just 32% of companies were aware of BIM. “This has brought into sharp focus the work which needs to be done to ensure that companies have access to the necessary BIM content to develop BIM

3D BIM environment. All parties working on a project can combine their BIM and design data to collaborate and share information through the use of a common data environment, enabling users to carry out checks against data validation strategies to make sure they are on target.  Level 3 – Projects at this level are fully collaborative. They use a

3D models which they can use, to great benefit,” said Dalgarno. As part of the project Stewart Milne Timber Systems has designed and launched the first timber frame BIM library in the UK. It features 102 of its

single, shared project view for data integration, which all parties can access and modify as allowed through process and security controls.

products including walls, floors and roof products and is free to download. “Part of the challenge of bringing BIM into mainstream construction practice


is a lack of available products or systems in an accessible, useable format for clients, designers and construction professional to use,” said Dalgarno




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The group of North American companies McVantage Products have been providing quality hardwood products for over 60 years. The knowledge and experience of the staff at this family business has made them a trusted premium supplier of everything from grade lumber to wooden containers. Started by Chester McKinney Sr., the company has been in the hands of his three sons for a generation. His sons, Chester, Steve, and Joe, have consistently looked for opportunities to expand the company’s concepts of innovation, growth and environmental stewardship. This has led to the company’s subsidiary, McVantage of Guyana, working in the South American coastal country with the Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development, which manages a 1,000,000 acre forest in central Guyana to demonstrate how tropical forests can be conserved and sustainably used. The Iwokrama forest was FSC certified in 2016. McVantage of Guyana controls all aspects of the logging, milling, and finishing processes on its concession, from the timber selection to finished product quality control, and all timber harvested by McVantage of Guyana is FSC® Chain of Custody certified. Joe McKinney, Managing Director of the McVantage companies, says, “It’s very low-impact logging. Our harvesting is on a 60-year rotation and we engage in select cutting, cutting only three to

“It is our business to meet the international demand for socially considerate, carefully harvested, properly sawn and dried tropical timber for use in modern homes and buildings as well as traditional marine applications.” five stems (trees) per acre. We observe strict cut limits and use technology and equipment that has minimal impact on the forest floor.” Joe McKinney has a passion for exotic woods, and his vision to develop an environmentally sound timber business in Guyana began with his first visit to the former British colony over 12 years ago. “I’ll buy a plane ticket to just about anywhere in the world,” he explains. “You go once, opportunities don’t pan out, you move on. At that time, Guyana was a greenfield that had more potential than anyplace I had ever seen.” The McKinneys hail from a region of northwest Alabama known as The Shoals. “My family has been in the wood business in this area’s river valleys for multiple generations. What I saw in Guyana was what existed in northwest Alabama two or three generations ago. We had the experience, we knew the steps, we knew what could be done, and I felt confident we could bring responsible, sustainable North American logging and saw milling techniques to Guyana,” he said. The main species offered by McVantage are Demerara Greenheart, Waramadan/Basralocus, Wallaba,

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FSC certified tropical timber meets the stringent requirements of the UK’s Environment Agency, enabling local authorities, specifiers, architects and contractors to specify Greenheart and other tropical hardwood species for a wide range of appropriate applications where their durability, reliability and unique performance properties are identified as important requirements for a project.

Exotic woods hold great appeal both as a structural material and in design applications, and Guyana has these in abundance. Tropical hardwoods are dense, hard, resistant to rot and decay, versatile and often beautiful. “It is our business to meet the international demand for socially considerate, carefully harvested, properly sawn and dried tropical timber for use in modern homes and buildings as well as traditional marine applications. These are tropical hardwood trees that grow in rainforest areas. They need to be accurately sawn and properly dried early in the process. This is the McVantage difference and this is the expertise we are able to bring that allows these woods to become useable internationally.”

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 George Clarke opens UKCW 2017

Timber Expo, the UK’s only event dedicated exclusively to timber, returned to Birmingham as part of the most successful UK Construction Week in its three-year outing


isitor numbers at UK Construction Week

that we are delivering the kind of innovative,

(UKCW) – the UK’s largest construction

forward-thinking, national event that brings the

trade show – were up 11% on last year

whole sector together,” said Nathan Garnett, event

industry now is to engage with the future skills

at 33,697.

director for UKCW. “It has proven itself as the

agenda and to start recognising the skills we need

place to meet and do business, and look at how

in the short to medium term, this needs to reflect

consists of nine shows: The Build Show, Timber

we tackle the enormous challenges to come in the

a journey towards higher levels of technology use

Expo, The Surface and Materials Show, Civils Expo,

years ahead. It is also a massive celebration, with

and changing the way we deliver. This includes

Smart Building 2017, Energy 2017, HVAC 2017,

thousands of professionals attending a variety of

moving the balance between what’s delivered in

Plant & Machinery Live and Grand Designs Live,

awards over the three days.”

manufacturing facilities and what is traditionally

The event, now in its third year,

based on the Channel 4 series and presented by design guru Kevin McCloud.

Construction firms of all sizes attended the

the construction industry in his report. He said: “The big opportunity we have as an

built on site. This creates new opportunities in

event and listened to debates and presentations

logistics, assembly and precision tolerance working.

on a range of topics from how to deal with Brexit,

There are only a few events in the calendar where

including Health and Safety, Windows & Doors,

to the advantages offered by modern methods of

the UK construction industry comes together,

Roofing & Insulation, and Tools, plus the Builders

construction and tackling the skills shortage.

and UK Construction Week is one of them. The

This year there were extra zones and theatres,

Merchants Federation Pavilion, Offsite Theatre and the BIM Prospects Theatre delivered by BRE. “This was a big year for UK Construction

Speakers included Mark Farmer, founding

full spectrum of the industry is represented here

director and CEO of Cast Consultancy, who took

showcasing innovation, best practice and the

to the stage to explore the implications and fallout

bedrock of our industry in action. It’s a great event

Week. It was only our third year, but to get an

from The Farmer Review one year on, particularly

that shines a light on many of the positives of

11% uplift in attendees is a real stamp of approval

the overall response to the challenges he posed to

working in our industry.”

TIMBER YOU CAN TRUST The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) officially

“We also lobbied the UK & EU

industry stakeholders have pledged their

Governments with industry and NGO partners

during UKCW.

support to the TTF campaign by sharing their

to introduce the EUTR to help prevent illegally

pictures with the hashtag #trustedtimber.

logged material entering our supply chains.

It aims to promote the use of responsibly sourced timber in the UK and Timber Expo


Dozens of MPs, local councillors and

launched its “Timber you can trust campaign”

David Hopkins, managing director of the

“It’s because of actions like this that the

visitors had the opportunity to find out more

TTF, said: “The timber industry has always

UK has one of the strongest records in the

about the TTF due diligence system, timber

had a great sense of responsibility to the

world in responsible timber sourcing. We want

trade regulations and UK market requirements.

forests which grow our materials. So much so,

to keep it that way. We’re concerned that

Visitors were also able to sign the TTF

that the TTF introduced its own Responsible

these obligations and responsibilities are being

online petition designed to raise Government

Purchasing Policy in 2008 to ensure members

quietly forgotten, particularly that our national

and local authorities’ awareness on responsible

only buy timber from legal and sustainable

commitments to the EUTR and other standards

sourcing of wood products.


could be dropped during the Brexit process.”



REVIEW: TIMBER EXPO variety of topics were covered including flammable

wood-based solutions and products to pull together,

industry experts to debate how we can build homes

Kevin McCloud appeared alongside a panel of

building materials, building regulations, fire

get involved and help make the ‘timber pie’ bigger.”

fit for generations, as well as tackling issues such as

prevention, improving safety through technology

housing quality, modern methods of construction,

and health & safety.

and how to retain good design without slowing

Speakers at the Timber Focus Theatre, in association with TRADA, included Zaha Hadid

Timber’s governing bodies and associations

Architects, drMM, Arup, Pier Architects, David

down the build process and, architect and TV

were represented at Timber Expo including Confor,

Hopkins managing director at TTF and Michael

presenter George Clarke launched MOBI – the

Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI), Timber

Ramage senior university lecturer in architectural

Ministry of Building and Innovation – which includes

Decking and Cladding Association (TDCA), and the

engineering at Cambridge University while Design

the first ever Further and Higher Education courses

Timber Research and Development Association

for Homes revealed how the boundaries of what is

in home construction; a regional roll-out of inspiring,


done with wood are being stretched.

innovative and creative construction hubs. There was a free and comprehensive CPD

“The Media 10 team are very passionate about

There were over 650 exhibitors from across

Timber Expo, as they are for UK Construction

Europe at the nine shows including fastenings

programme to help tackle issues surrounding

Week and all their other shows,” said Rupert Scott,

and fixings provider, Schmid Scrauben Hainfield;

building quality, safety and fire prevention. With

membership and marketing manager for TRADA.

manufacturer, Intumescent Systems, a leader in

the repercussions of the Grenfell Tower tragedy set

“It was great to see plenty of engaging stands and

fire containment technology; Czech distributor of

to change the landscape for all in construction, a

features this year. I encourage every company selling

plywood and packing, Orlimex and Latvian sawmill, Vudlande Sawmill, which showcased the newest form of sawmilling technology. Visitors were able to get up close and personal with White Haus’s high-quality hybrid timber frame building materials, Gaujas Koks Ltd brought 25 years of CLT manufacturing to the show and STEICO showcased its European Technical Approval (ETA) awarded product SteicoFloc, a high-quality air injected cellulose insulation, manufactured from recycled paper. Preparations are already well underway for the 2018 event and over 40% of show exhibitors have rebooked for next year. Companies who have already made their commitment to UK Construction Week 2018 and the nine dedicated events within it include Rockwool, CAT,

 UKCW - The free trade exhibition is the biggest of it’s kind in the UK

Velux, G2 Energy, Steico, Fundermax, and Lumineux.

STAIR SCHEME LAUNCHED The British Woodworking Federation (BWF)

timber stairs market with a strong platform for

launched its ‘Guide for Design and Specification

continued innovation,” said Hannah Mansell,

of Timber Stairs for the UK housing market’

manager of the BWF Stair Scheme.

during Timber Expo. Designed to assist stair designers,

“The document marks the fruition of two years’ hard work by stair scheme members in

manufacturers and builders involved in the design

what has been a very open, frank and healthy

and specification of timber stairs for the UK

culture of improving our products and focusing

housing market, the guidance from the BWF Stair

on how we demonstrate performance, so

management and it concerns me at times how

Scheme helps to draw together what has been

important in the construction sector today.

the construction industry fails to address risk.

a conflicting hotchpotch of standards to provide

“The guide has embraced new consistent

“As an engineer I live in a world of risk

The great thing about this guidance is that it sets

authoritative advice on how a staircase in the

ways to determine the walk line of a winder

a standard, does reduce risk and also provides a

home should be designed and set out, to ensure

and incorporates new test evidence that can be

good basis and process from which to innovate

safety, and to reduce commonplace concerns

cascaded to staircase manufacturers to ensure

and develop.”

such as squeaks and bouncy stairs.

that their products meet the standards.”

The guide was launched during a reception

Structural engineer Dr Luke Whale,

The BWF Stair Scheme was established in 2011 to raise awareness of timber stair standards,

at the Confederation of Timber Industries stand

managing director of C4Ci, who worked with

to accredit to high-quality manufacturers and to

which featured speakers from BWF, NHBC and

the BWF team on the guide added: “We take

improve safety. It is the only accreditation and

the Home Builders’ Federation.

staircases for granted. But they are incredibly

certification scheme of its kind in the UK and

complex structural elements, particularly when

accounts for approximately 70% of the timber

comprehensive technical advice to our industry,

you start to add turns and advancements in

stair market. The design guide is available to

reassurance to our customers, and supports the

materials and process.

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“This guide provides clear and





SLUGGISH AND CHAOTIC RESPONSE FROM COUNCIL An independent taskforce has issued its first report on Kensington and Chelsea council’s response to the Grenfell Tower blaze


ver 130 survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy are still living in emergency accommodation and permanent rehousing remains at a “painfully slow rate,” according to the first report from

the independent recovery taskforce, which was set up in the wake of the blaze in June. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) failed its community on the night of 14 June and in the weeks that followed said the report, which described a

The people of North Kensington have been failed by those who were supposed to serve them. They were failed by a system that allowed the fire to happen. And they were failed once again by a sluggish and chaotic response in the immediate aftermath

“leadership vacuum” from a council that was “distant and did not know its residents.” There was little effective and structured support from RBKC which was “insular” and “limited in its understanding” of collaborative working, it said. Briefing parliament on the report

Sajid Javid, Communities Secretary

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said: “The people of North Kensington have been failed by those who were supposed to serve them. They were failed by a system that allowed

“But while the green shoots are there, the

the fire to happen. And they were failed once

report pulls no punches about the fact that there

again by a sluggish and chaotic response in the

is still significant room for improvement.”

immediate aftermath. “It was clear that if RBKC was to get a

A greater degree of humanity must be put

specific training for those front-line staff responsible for providing direct support to the survivors. “I have assured the council that I will continue to support them in building capacity. However,

at the heart of RBKC’s recovery work said the

I have also made it clear that my support will

grip on the situation and begin to regain the

taskforce, which has identified four key areas

not be uncritical or unqualified. I expect to see

trust of residents it would have to change and

which the council needs to step up:

swift, effective action to deal with all the issues

change quickly. That started with a change in

 Pace – the speed of delivery needs to be

highlighted in the report. I am not taking any

leadership of the council, new senior officers, and new support brought in from other councils, and central government. “To ensure that this translated into better service for the victims and people of North

increased  Greater empathy and emotional intelligence – these attributes need to be put at the heart of RBKC recovery plans  Skills – all officers and councillors need

Kensington and assure me that the council

training in how to work with a community

would be capable of delivery, I announced on

that has been traumatised

5 July 2017 that I was sending in a specialist independent Taskforce.” Progress has been made under the

options off the table if progress is not made, and I shall continue to monitor the situation closely.” The taskforce will remain in place for the foreseeable future and report back to Javid with a further update in the New Year. The Government inquiry into the tragedy remains ongoing.

 Greater innovation – RBKC relied too much on tried-and-tested solutions that are not up to the task and should be bolder than it has

The Taskforce comprises:

council’s new leadership said Javid, but he

been in its response

 Aftab Chughtai, chair of the West

made it clear that there is still much to be

“I have discussed these recommendations

done. “Much-needed change has happened and

with the council’s leadership and they have accepted them all without question,” said Javid.”

continues to happen,” he said. “The council

“Culture change is never quick or easy to achieve

today is a very different organisation from the

in any organisation. But I am in no doubt that

one that failed its people so badly back in June

the leadership and staff of RBKC genuinely want

and the Taskforce is satisfied that RBKC under

to do better. It is their community too, and they

its new leadership recognises the challenges

desperately want to help it heal.

it faces and is committed to delivering a comprehensive recovery programme.


“I am particularly encouraged that the council

Midlands Police Independent Advisory Group  Javed Khan, chief executive of Barnardo’s  Jane Scott, leader of Wiltshire Council  Chris Wood, partner at Altair housing consultancy, and former director of housing for three London boroughs

are now drawing on NHS expertise to secure



It’s full steam ahead for DACH+HOLZ International other planned focus areas are the housing industry, fire protection and roof greening. Don’t miss out on the live demonstrations and the “living workshop” at the Special Show “Green Roof” opposite the forum in hall 6.


rom the 20th to the 23rd of February 2018, the most important meeting point for roofers and carpenters in Europe will take place at the exhibition ground in Cologne. Together with the Central Association of the German Roofing Trade (Zentralverband des Deutschen Dachdeckerhandwerks) and the Association of German Master Carpenters (Holzbau Deutschland - Bund Deutscher Zimmermeister), show organisers GHM (Gesellschaft für Handwerksmessen GmbH) have developed several exciting new features for the trade fair, which visitors can look forward to.

international involvement. Exhibitors from 27 countries have so far registered to take part in 2018. One major focus of the upcoming trade fair will be digitalisation. Attendees will be able to find out more about exciting developments in drones and BIM, amongst others at the Special Show “Digitalisation” in hall 6. Digitalisation will also be a prominent theme in the DACH+HOLZ Forum, where experts will give a number of talks on current and future trends. Each day of the fair, the forum will focus on a different hot topic in the industry. Aside from digitalisation,

Another major theme at the trade fair will be occupational safety and the “Protect, don’t fall” campaign. Here visitors will be able to find out information on important new legal regulations and can test the latest innovations that the market has to offer. In hall 9, stand 323 visitors will have the opportunity to have a go on the interactive obstacle course. Visitors can also look forward to some familiar highlights at DACH+HOLZ International: the Architects’ Congress for Planners, Architects and Craftsmen with the motto LIVING WOOD will take place on Thursday 22nd February and will feature numerous renowned experts from Germany and overseas. The National Carpenters’ Team will also train live daily in hall 7 for their attempts in the World and European Championships. Both association presidents are looking forward to the upcoming event. “DACH+HOLZ International

DACH+HOLZ International remains the key meeting point in Europe for roofers and carpenters. “The prominent companies from and for the industry are already on board and as it currently stands, registration numbers have slightly increased”, says Robert Schuster, Project Manager of DACH+HOLZ International. He also adds that there has been a significant increase in

is the largest industrial trade fair for the entire roofing trade”, says Dirk Bollwerk, President of the Central Association of the German Roofing Trade (ZVDH). “A number of new products surrounding building cover, innovations as well as information on issues such as occupational safety and increasing digitalisation in the roofing trade are strong reasons to visit the established leading trade fair for the entire roofing and carpentry industry.” “Construction is changing. Carpentry is changing”, says Peter Aicher, Chairman of Holzbau Deutschland – the Association of German Master Carpenters. “Urban densification is becoming a subject of increasing importance: roof extensions and the addition of new storeys. DACH+HOLZ International presents state-of-theart technology.” There is also a lot to discover once the trade fair closes its doors each day. The city of Cologne is the fourth largest municipality in Germany with more than one million inhabitants. The Cologne Cathedral, a World Heritage Site, took more than 600 years to build and although it has now been completed for a good 137 years, around 75 craftsmen are still working on it to preserve it for posterity. The Kalscheurer settlement, an autonomous housing project in Cologne-Zollstock, houses the so-called “Setzkastenhaus”, a wooden ecological two storey house built on a small slope as an extension of an old barrack. The structure was designed by Gabor Schneider from the architectural office of Satyam Dervisha Art & Architecture in Burscheid. The house allows its residents to live between residential and garden landscape, nature and art.

For more information on the trade fair, visit the website: If you have any questions about exhibiting at or visiting the fair, please get in touch with Hannah Nottridge, representative of DACH+HOLZ in the UK & Ireland on +44 203 3758230 or




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PILOT AIMS TO IMPROVE FIRE SAFETY and fitting of fire door ironmongery; fitting of fire seals on doors and frames; the inclusion of apertures and associated fire regulation related to the fitting of glass; and the effects of use on fire door performance. The qualification will be available as an optional unit for apprentices, a two to three-day course aimed at experienced tradespeople and a four to five-day course for both individuals and organisations that specialise in fitting and replacing fire doors. It is anticipated that it will link in to the Construction Skills Certification Scheme, used on larger sites to demonstrate individual competencies. “Fire doors are often the first line of defence for users of a building in the event of a fire and yet they remain a significant area of neglect. Subsequently, every year lives are lost or put at risk, and property unnecessarily damaged,

Joinery students at NPTC Group of Colleges


because fire doors have been wrongly specified, fitted or maintained,” said Hannah Mansell BWF technical manager, chair of the Passive Fire Protection

new fire door installation qualification aimed at improving fire safety has been piloted with a view to delivering the full course from December 2017.

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The pilot was delivered by the NPTC Group of Colleges, a British

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maintenance. But a single mistake in specification, fitting or use can render a fire door ineffective or turn it into a death trap.” Mansell is also a spokesperson for Fire Door Safety Week, a national

It is the first qualification in the UK to specifically cover the correct

campaign run by the BWF, the BWF-Certifire Scheme and the Fire Door

specification and installation of fire doors and is designed to improve fire safety

Inspection Scheme, in partnership with the Government’s Fire Kills campaign.

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Now in its fifth year, it aims to raise awareness about the role of fire doors in

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TRAVIS PERKINS BECOMES APPROVED FIRE DOOR CENTRE Builders’ merchant Travis Perkins has become a British Woodworking Federation-Certifire-Approved Fire Door Centre.

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It will establish 10 branches across the UK as experts in the specification and supply of BWF-Certifire third-party certificated fire doors and doorsets – Battersea Lombard Road, Birkenhead Stores, Glasgow Pollackshaws, Luton, Paddington, Salford, St. Pancras, Staples Corner, Vauxhall and Vivark Stores (Huyton). “While we first started selling third-party certificated fire doors more than 60 years ago, becoming an Approved Fire Door Centre now means that our trained branch teams will be able to offer specialist advice based on a much deeper knowledge and understanding of third party certificated fire doors and compatible components,” explained Richard Holland, category manager for doors, windows and joinery at Travis Perkins. Hannah Mansell, technical manager for the BWF and spokesperson for Fire Door Safety Week, said: “Travis Perkins’ leadership in this area is to be celebrated. It is critical that the

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merchant sector steps up to this standard of expertise in products such as third-party certificated fire doors which play such an important role in saving life and property. A fire door won’t work unless it is fitted with all its correct and compatible components, and installed correctly, which some customers aren’t aware of. The chain of knowledge from supplier to customer is integral in making sure these life safety products are fit for purpose and work when they need to.”



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Marley Eternit JB Shingles help new school extension blend in perfectly Marley Eternit’s JB Western Red Cedar Shingles have been specified to clad a new extension constructed to enlarge Flitch Green Academy in Essex.

The extension has added three additional classrooms and support spaces at the primary school as it accommodates a significant increase in pupil numbers on site. A key requirement for the design and specification process was to ensure the new building would blend in seamlessly with the existing school structure. The specification of the Red Cedar Shingles as the roofing solution meant the colour selected would be sympathetic to the current shingle use on site as well as the surrounding buildings, while also providing a clean, refreshing and modern finish. To find out more about using JB Shingles from Marley Eternit,visit:

Pasquill invests over £500,000 in its Bodmin Branch Pasquill, the UK’s largest supplier of trussed rafters, has invested over £500,000 on state-of-the-art production equipment, premises and health and wellbeing improvements at its Bodmin branch in Cornwall. The investment sees a new production line introduced for manufacturing spandrel panels, together with five new jobs created. McVantage_HPV_Ad_TC.indd 1


Commenting on the investment, Pasquill’s Site Operations Manager, Darren Wisdom, said: “It is very gratifying to see our plan for increased capacity come to fruition. This is the end of a four-month improvement process, and our new manufacturing equipment and site infrastructure upgrades now mean a widening of the product range, which we can supply with increased productivity that will reduce our customer lead times. We see the South West as holding major growth potential for Pasquill, and our improved manufacturing capability here will be a boost for our housebuilder customers in the region.” For more information on Pasquill visit



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Timber Construction Magazine Issue 2 Winter 2017  
Timber Construction Magazine Issue 2 Winter 2017