Timber Expo 2014

Two Full Days – Two Seminar Theatres – One Fantastic Opportunity!

Timber Expo will again this year deliver an unrivalled collection of high calibre speakers from all corners of the built environment. From niche areas to leading trends, the Timber Focus seminar sessions will be characterised by big issues, hot topics, architectural gems and inspirational projects.

Timber is grabbing the headlines for all the right reasons – clients want to learn more about it, architects appreciate the flexibility and customers love to be closer to it.

The exhibition and seminars are free to attend and visitors to the show will be able to see the full range of timber technologies and wood products available on the market, and this year Timber Expo will be co-locating with W14-the trade exhibition for UK joinery and furniture manufacturers on the 07 & 08 October 2014 at the NEC, Birmingham.


Timber Focus 2014

Organised by TRADA, the free to attend Timber Focus seminars are spread over two days of the show, with nearly 50 half-hour session arranged into eight core themes and delivered in two purpose-built timber-based theatres. These will be mostly case study-based to offer real life examples on how and why timber is performing across a wide range of sectors and applications and they are all FREE!

Confirmed Speakers Include:
Ralph Parker, Architect, Price & Myers
Andrew Lawrence, Associate Director, Arup
Gavin White, Structural Engineer, Ramboll UK
Jonathan Ledger, Managing Director, Proskills UK
Jon Osborn, Chief Operating Office, BM TRADA Building
Andrew Wright, Partner, Andrew Wright Associates
David Hopkins, Director, Wood for Good
Jez Ralphs, Director, Timber Strategies

The 2014 content has largely been informed by feedback from previous shows and research among TRADA members about the topics and themes they most wanted to hear about.

Taking place over a morning or afternoon, the Timber Focus sessions will be driven by key industry themes, major names, cutting edge projects and big issues. The seminar sessions are designed to appeal to everyone interested in timber, but particularly clients, contractors, architects and engineers who are increasingly using more and more wood products throughout the built environment.


Pushing Boundaries: stretching imaginations – this will examine the opportunities for innovation in timber around the world and new possibilities in the UK. Speakers will be drawn from top engineering firms including Arup, Ramboll UK and Buro Happold and will focus on boundary-pushing initiatives such as: building erection times, more efficient connections, energy efficiency and taller buildings.

Training and Talent: growing your business through people –the future success of your organisation rests on recruiting, developing and retaining the best and brightest people.  Here speakers will discuss the importance of apprenticeships and why regular training and mentoring is increasing knowledge levels and adding value to product and service creation.

Resource: Directors’ briefings –new for 2014. Aimed mainly at timber industry leaders and executives, these short, concise updates will cover pressing strategy and policy areas affecting timber business.

Innovation: designing the future – this will include sessions from the winners of two categories in this year’s TTJ Innovation Awards – the Innovative Market Development category and the Innovative Product Development category.

Engineers and Timber: ingenious structures and Architects and Timber: striking designs – these will highlight shortlisted entries from the Wood Awards 2014.

From Blueprint to Building: a client and contractor perspective – a chance to hear from some of the bigger contractors and clients in the UK on how the they have been using timber to its maximum potential. Speakers from Willmott Dixon, Sir Robert McAlpine and BAM will share some case studies and thoughts on where timber is doing well and where it can improve.

Sense of Space: creating places to live, work and play – much of what we build is functional but not always an aesthetic experience. Timber has much to offer with its myriad textures, grain patterns, colours, finishes and organic warmth – arguably more so than any other material. A mix of architects will illustrate the role timber is playing throughout different building types and why it wins hands-down.

With a Q&A session at the end of each talk, visitors will be able to soak up as much information as possible on a broad range of timber-related topics. For more information and regular updates on the Timber Focus programme and its speaker line-up, or to pre-register for Timber Expo visit: www.timber-expo.co.uk


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