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TRADA Review of the year

There was a strong furniture category in the 2018 Wood Awards

Wood Awards

Conference

We now have more than 100 case studies on the TRADA website, many of them winners at the prestigious annual Wood Awards. Each year we are behind the scenes answering your questions, processing your entries and creating the judging packs – enabling the judges to choose the Wood Awards shortlists with as much ease as possible. This opportunity, alongside co-manning the Wood Awards stand at the London Design Fair, allows us to see every project entered in detail; this year we were pleased to see an incredibly strong furniture category.

November saw the success of our Better Timber Buildings conference which was inspired by our belief that we need everyone’s contribution to mature the timber industry. The conference encapsulated the values we hold as an association. Not only did we draw a varied crowd across the whole construction supply chain, indicative of our broad appeal, the speakers we invited spoke on topics we are fiercely passionate about – including priorities for the sector in the 2020s, fire performance of timber cladding, designing for durability and so much more. We wanted to provide a conference of utmost value, where every component was designed to enthuse or educate. We hope those who attended agree that we succeeded. n

Urban Buzz 2018 also saw us rejuvenate our annual student design competition by introducing a brand new format. Students were split up into multidisciplinary teams of five and challenged to design a timber multi-storey car park within 36 hours to a clear but comprehensive brief. The resulting designs impressed our judges, with Matt Caldwell, Senior Structural Engineer at BuroHappold, hailing them ‘a credit to our next generation of designers’, while others commended the students’ passion for timber. Our goal remains unchanged: we seek to raise the profile of timber and see it represented fairly alongside other mainstream construction materials in engineering and architectural courses. Clearly we’ve made progress, but there is still more to be done. www.trada.co.uk

The Better Timber Buildings conference took place in November 2018

Timber 2019 Industry Yearbook

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Timber 2019 Industry Yearbook  

The annual publication of the Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA) includes topical and technical features on all aspects of...

Timber 2019 Industry Yearbook  

The annual publication of the Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA) includes topical and technical features on all aspects of...

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