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Timber Expo Unveils Comprehensive Seminar Programme

Drawing on the expertise from a wealth of industry figures, Timber Expo, part of UK Construction Week, has revealed details of the wide-ranging seminar programme for the event, taking place at the Birmingham NEC this October.

Leading industry association TRADA will coordinate the Timber Focus Seminars, providing three days (6 – 8 October) of insightful seminar sessions across a broad spectrum of industry trends and issues.  With opportunities for the audience to join the debate, the programme offers a unique chance to converse with influential speakers from across the timber industry.

Rupert Scott, Membership and Marketing Manager at TRADA commented: “This is a fantastic opportunity to bring together professionals from around the industry to explore the exciting and creative developments taking place in the timber sector currently.  The seminars will allow us to really engage with the audience and we hope it will provide a valuable space for sharing ideas and inspiration with our industry colleagues.”

The opening session will focus on increasing timber specifications, looking at the issues around securing specifications and the tools that exist to improve the process – such as TRADA’s new National Structural Timber Specification document, which will be launched in September.  The afternoon session will look at the opportunities offered by the growing self build market, with particular input from local authorities that are taking a forward thinking approach towards encouraging and supporting this sector.

The second day begins with a discussion about pushing the boundaries of what is possible with wood. With input from architects Waugh Thistleton and Cambridge University, the seminar will look at cutting edge techniques that have been applied in real projects.  On the final day, the morning will be dedicated to Wooden Cities, exploring the possibility of constructing whole towns and cities entirely from wood, with examples from around the world including Scandinavia and the UK.

In addition to the seminar content, Timber Expo will be showcasing the entrants to two leading industry awards.  Now in their 12th year, the Wood Awards recognise the very best in both design and craftsmanship of wood in UK construction.  In this unique session, the designers and judges will present the 2015 awards shortlist followed by an audience discussion on 'what does it take to win?'

Drawing entries from around the world, Wood in Architecture is organised by World Architecture News and provides an interesting complement to the UK Wood Awards.  Rounding off the seminar programme on the Thursday afternoon, this session will hear from past winners and judges on projects that have been shortlisted for 2015, plus a panel discussion with the judges on the most interesting developments in timber from around the world.  The winners of the competition will be announced over a glass of wine after this session.

Richard Morey, Group Events Director at Media 10, the event company producing UK Construction Week, commented: “Timber Expo is the most important event on the UK construction calendar dedicated exclusively to timber.  With the support of our event partners including TRADA and the Structural Timber Association, I think we have pulled together a really useful and informative programme of content that will challenge, educate and inspire visitors in equal measure.”

Bringing together nine shows under one roof, UK Construction Week will be the biggest construction trade event the UK has seen in years.  Taking place at the Birmingham NEC from 6 – 11 October (with the trade only days from 6 – 8 October) the event will unite 1,000 exhibitors with an expected audience of 55,000 visitors.

Visitors will be able to attend Grand Designs Live, the Build Show, Timber Expo, the Surface and Materials Show, Energy 2015, Kitchens & Bathroom Live, Plant & Machinery Live, HVAC 2015 and Smart Buildings 2015.

For more information please visit or follow @UK_CW on Twitter.

Lucas Fettes
Mary Riley Associates
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