Category Archives: Timber in building

Bespoke ceiling adds unique touch to university refurbishment

The University of Birmingham is one of the UK’s leading Russell Group universities, featuring in the top 15 of the University League Tables 2017.

The leafy Edgbaston campus is undergoing a series of major building projects and Hunter Douglas, the international leader in architectural building products, played its role in the refurbishment of a lecture theatre in the Avon Room.

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Designed by Birmingham-based Associated Architects, the overhaul included Hunter Douglas wall and ceiling panels in real Cherry wood veneer, plus motorised blinds for the room.

What made this scheme stand out was that the panels, which were manufactured from engineered solid wood (ESW), differed from the usual ceiling system.

Typically, these panels would come in sizes 600x600mm, 1200x600mm or 1200x300mm. However, to meet the design brief of the architect, Hunter Douglas produced six “wings”, each of which were 4x2m, made up of four 1x2m panels.

These were produced with 9mm “dummy” circular perforations, which allowed the panels to be invisibly fixed to the suspension system, says David Harris, General Manager of Hunter Douglas Architectural. “The ‘wings’ within the central ceiling are a very unusual feature and they also incorporate some linear light fittings,” he said.

Hunter Douglas

“We worked closely with the ceiling contractor, Elmsmere Engineering, as the installation of both the ceiling and wall panelling was very challenging and needed a great deal of care to ensure a perfect finish.

“The project demonstrates clearly that Hunter Douglas has the technical expertise to create tailored solutions for architects and specifiers, ensuring that every finished look is fresh and new.”

Hunter Douglas also provided 158m2 of wall panels for the front and rear of the theatre, made of the same MDF core with a real Cherry veneer.

Approximately 105m2 of the wall panels were non perforated, while the remaining 53m2 were produced with 7mm x 97mm slot pattern that helps to maximise acoustic absorption.

The panels were produced in a variety of dimensions, from 650mm x 800mm to 2240mm x 740mm, and were installed using invisible fixing clips around the perimeter of the panels. They also have a small bevel where they meet, offering a neat design detail.

Hunter Douglas also supplied 15 240v motorised blinds to the two side elevations of the lecture room. Each pewter-coloured blind is made from Star fabric, which has a 3% openness factor, and measures approximately 2.5m wide with a 2.5m drop.

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The Accoya® cladding that’s exciting architects

As the UKs biggest independent distributor of timber and panel products, James Latham has announced the latest addition to its portfolio, a new range of charred Accoya® cladding.

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James Latham has been a leading distributor of Accoya wood in the UK for more than six years and has seen its popularity grow significantly, to the point where it is now becoming the material of choice for exterior applications as it can be used for virtually anything, from windows to doors, decking to cladding and siding.

This latest innovative use of Accoya – developed by Exterior Solutions Limited – pays homage to the traditional Japanese technique of “Shou-Sugi-Ban” in which timber is burned to provide a beautiful, distinctive, unique and long lasting wood cladding and it has already made a big impact with architects.

Accoya cladding

Richard Mosson, Group Cladding and Decking Manager, James Latham, explained, “The reaction so far from the market and our customers who have seen Shou-Sugi-Ban is astonishing, it really does have the wow factor and the enquiries we are receiving are growing by the day.

“And because it has been developed using the most durable and stable timber available and has the credibility of a product that is the result of decades of research and development which brought together a long-established, extensively proven wood modification technique and leading-edge patented technology, I have no doubt in my mind that it will be a big success for us.”

Richard continued, “Charred timber cladding is becoming increasingly popular in the specification market and this is a modern application of the ancient Japanese art of burning timber to provide a beautiful and long lasting wood cladding. Traditional techniques are used to give uniqueness to each individual project and there are lots of finishes and textures available for both interior and exterior projects – from the traditional, highly charred, heavily textured looking cladding to the sleek and contemporary finish.”

Shou-Sugi-Ban Accoya Cladding is available across Lathams nationwide network of depots in finished dimensions of 19mm x 145mm (planed tongue and groove profile) and in three charring stylesShosai, Shizen and Tenki. Other section sizes and profiles are available on request.

For more information on Lathams full range of materials: phone 0116 257 3415, e-mail marketing@lathams.co.uk  or visit

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Organowood® makes timber cladding sustainable

Organowood®, a leading sustainable wood protection specialist, is fast becoming known as having the ideal solution to protect and strengthen all types of timber cladding. With strong sustainable and aesthetic qualities, OrganoWood provides architects, professionals and end users with an environmentally friendly and durable wood protection system that ensures longevity, without using harsh chemicals.eco-friendly wood protection

OrganoWood is a tried and tested ecological alternative to pressure treated finishes, producing products that offer aesthetically pleasing and sustainable results. Featuring three leading products – OrganoWood® 01 Protection, OrganoWood® 02 Repellent and OrganoWood® 03 Cleaner – the system provides a wood protection treatment that protects and aesthetically enhances external timber cladding from the exterior elements.

“Wood is a strong, reliable and attractive material that can be innately damaged using chemicals”, comments Michael Nicholls, Sales Manager at OrganoWood UK. “We are pleased to offer an environmentally friendly wood treatment system that complements and enhances the wood’s natural and sustainable properties, without using substances that are classified as hazardous or harmful.”

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As wood is not naturally as resistant to water, dirt and stains than other materials, it is important to specify a treatment that will add durability and protect the building from potential ailments, such as rot and fire. OrganoWood® 01 Protection offers timber flame and rot protection that meets European environmental and performance standards, with EN113 and EN 13501-1 certification for fire and rot protection respectively.

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For external cladding installations, precautions should also be considered to protect the timber from water, fungus and dirt. OrganoWood 02 Repellent is a special treatment that has been developed to provide an extremely water repellent surface that prevents any water, dirt and mould from penetrating the timber.

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As well as offering a high quality and level of surface protection, OrganoWood treated wood keeps its natural characteristics and gradually ages with an aesthetically pleasing silver-grey hue over time that is desired by many.

For best results, first apply OrganoWood 01 Protector, followed by OrganoWood 02 Repellent. Once dry, protection will last up to five years.

All OrganoWood products are ecologically sustainable according to FSC® (FSC-C120532) and PEFC™ (05-35-168).

For stockists and more information on OrganoWood®, please call 01296 323770 or visit www.organowood.co.uk  

Make sure you choose low maintenance timber windows and doors

Any homeowners considering buying timber windows and doors will know that there is always a high level of maintenance and upkeep required. External facings on timber windows and doors need regular coatings to ensure they do not rot, as well as making sure they look good for aesthetic reasons.

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Traditional exterior windows and doors, in oak or other hardwoods, need to be checked several times a year, to ensure there are no cracks in paintwork or varnish. Wear and tear in exterior coatings means that damp and moisture can creep in, which can see the onset of rot if not seen to straight away. The movement in oak timber, particularly, can cause cracks within the wood and coatings.

The majority of homeowners don’t actually realise that they have the option to choose the appearance of timber windows but without the high maintenance aspect. This choice – Accoya wood – is hugely growing in popularity and is already well-known within the joinery industry.

Accoya Wood

Accoya is a modified sustainable wood product which is highly durable and therefore, very low maintenance compared to traditional timber windows and doors. The non-toxic Accoya process prevents any water bonding with the wood, greatly reducing the chance of rot and creating a highly stable product.

In fact, the Accoya wood is so durable it comes with a 50 year guarantee against rot above the ground. Its improved durability and coatings performance means Accoya offers significantly lower maintenance and upkeep costs over the lifetime of the product.

An additional benefit of using Accoya is it is a 40% better insulator than hardwoods, so using Accoya external doors and windows can offer significant savings in energy costs for homeowners.

Accoya is a non-toxic product and has won many sustainability awards for its environmental credentials.

You can find your nearest Accoya supplier by clicking here.

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Accoya® windows take in first-class views at split level Hastings home

  • Accoya specified for windows in specially designed split level house
  • Windows chosen for eco-friendly properties and high levels of durability and stability
  • Accoya window applications require little maintenance and will remain durable against variable weather conditions

Accoya, the world-leading modified wood manufactured by Accsys Technologies, has been used to construct windows and doors for a specially designed split level home located in Hastings.

Designed by London-based architecture firm Alma-nac, the property, which is called the Split House, replaces a 1950’s bungalow and run-down barn in the village of Fairlight, on the southern coast of England. The owners wanted to create a highly sustainable home which took advantage of its hilltop location. As a result, architect firm Alma-nac designed the property to extend out in three different directions, providing stunning views of the sea and nearby Dungeness headland.

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The architects specified Accoya to construct the external windows, window reveals and doors for the stylish property. 38 Accoya fixed and opening windows were installed, as well as 22 glazed door leafs. The doors and windows will require little maintenance over their lifetime due to the process in which the wood is made. The acetylation process, which is used to toughen the wood, delivers outstanding levels of performance, stability and durability.

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Caspar Rodgers from Alma-nac commented: “We chose Accoya because we wanted to build using eco-friendly materials that could withstand the variable weather conditions that are characteristic of England’s southern coast. Accoya is well-respected within the industry as a highly sustainable product that has high levels of durability and stability so we knew it would be the ideal material for the job.”

Laura Ladd, head of marketing for Accsys Technologies said: “The Split House in Hastings is a uniquely engineered home that is very visually impressive. Accoya windows have undergone extensive testing, and have outperformed many other window applications. Not only do the windows complement the look and style of the property but Accoya windows will also withstand the harsh winds and wet weather conditions that Hastings can experience. With its impressive durability and low maintenance requirements, Accoya makes the ideal construction material for window applications such as these.”

Inspired by design? Visit Accoya’s new blog to view a selection of project stories.

Accoya Celebrates a Decade of Durability

World-leading Modified Wood Stands the Test of Time

The world’s first home to be clad in Accoya last year celebrated its 10th anniversary, coinciding with the publication of an influential trade report proving the wood’s resilience following 10 years’ uninterrupted exposure to natural weathering.

Accoya’s ‘decade of durability’ was initially marked with a successful review in 2016 of the home of architectural designer Gordon Aitken, located near Glenrothes in Fife, Scotland.

Gordon’s was the first UK home to use Accoya cladding coated with a translucent Sikkens translucent protective coating system, using 30 m2 of Accoya wood profile cladding for both north and south facing facades. And the results after 10 years of combating the harsh Scottish climate have been remarkable.

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The 10-year anniversary of the Fife Accoya house coincides with the publication of a report published by the Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA) showing the test-rig results of 10 years’ uninterrupted exposure to natural weathering.

The data was obtained from a natural test exposure facility at TRADA’s HQ, with Accoya used as vertical cladding and coated in a Sikkens high-build opaque and medium-build semi-translucent coating system.

Observational evidence showed that both the Accoya rigs irrespective of whether they were coated with either woodstain were found to be in an excellent condition after 10 years of natural weathering.

The report stated that: “Neither rig showed any evidence of any coating breakdown or substrate instability with the possible exception of the rig coated with the semi-translucent woodstain where slight fissuring around nail heads was seen to have developed on the north facing aspect…arguably the greatest significance of the findings resides in the fact that the Sikkens coating, in both cases, showed no requirement for maintenance after 10 years.”

TRADA’s report concluded that: “the results of test have shown that the use of Accoya as a substrate for exterior cladding systems can achieve significant benefits in terms of longer performance and reduced maintenance, compared to typical lifetime expectations when conventional softwoods are used.”

Manufactured by Accsys Technologies, Accoya has proven popular with architects and joiners across the world, especially where quality, stability and aesthetics are important. And for Laura Keily, Marketing Director at Accsys Technologies, both 10-year accolades are living proof of Accoya’s long term viability over the longer term – even in the harshest of weather conditions.

Offering exceptional durability and stability, Accoya is an attractive wood product which is perfect for a variety of uses from windows and doors to external cladding, structural projects and decking.  Accoya also boasts excellent environmental credentials by using wood sourced from FSC® certified, sustainable forests and Cradle to Cradle Gold certified.

Gordon Aitken, said: “I initially chose Accoya due to its exceptional Class 1 durability and 50-year above ground guarantee, as well as being impressed by its environmental credentials and aesthetic qualities,” explains Gordon.

“Since it was installed in 2006, we have experienced a lot of harsh weather conditions ranging from rain, sleet and snow and even some piercing sunshine, with the north façade being particularly exposed. But in the last 10 years, I have only maintained the cladding once by cleaning with a mild soapy water solution, restoring it to an ‘as new’ appearance.

“It is quite remarkable that the Accoya cladding and Sikkens coating is in such good condition after such a long time.  I had initially chosen Accoya as I had wanted a material that required minimal maintenance, but offered high aesthetic qualities to complement the design of the building, and after 10 years of tough living, this has definitely proved to be the case.”

Laura Keily, Head of Marketing at Accsys Technologies, said: “Once again, we can point to powerful evidence of Accoya’s extreme durability both in a domestic environment and in a tried and tested scientific site. The results speak for themselves, and demonstrate the huge potential of Accoya for durable home cladding projects, appealing directly to design experts and consumers alike.”

Inspired by design?  Visit Accoya’s new blog to view a selection of project stories.

Natural Elements Range from Marshalls

Marshalls is pleased to announce the latest edition to its Street Furniture portfolio.

The Natural Elements range is a modular, coordinated range, inspired by biophilic design and elements from the natural environment.

street furnitureThe range aims to introduce natural forms, patterns and materials into urban spaces, integrating planting areas within a modular seating system. Natural Elements incorporates this ethos into the range by having modular units which can be configured to suit any space, linking a combination of seats, cycle stands and planters.

Often projects require bespoke solutions in order to navigate more complex spaces, however with the addition of two 45° and 60° curved modules, snaking configurations can easily be created to make the most of the available space.

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The term biophilic design seeks to bring alive a love of nature, and suggests all humans have an intrinsic connection with nature.  The form and design style of the Natural Elements range resembles patterns found in the natural environment, and the FSC certified timber is responsibly sourced from well managed forests.

A signature cell-pattern design has been laser cut into modules throughout the range, and finished with either the unique two-tone Corten Fossil, or the textured Pebble Shore, which both give the appearance of an ageing material which can be sympathetically blended with the surrounding area.

The focal point of the range is the distinctive seating styling, which creates a gentle wave effect when multiple convex and concave modules are connected; despite the differences in height, all points on the seating areas are still in-keeping with DDA guidelines.

The Natural Elements range is made from FSC certified redwood timber, which has a subtle texture and accentuated grain formation which contributes to the inviting feel of the range. Available in two tones – Rustic Brown and Grey Mist.

Low level lighting is also available throughout integrated LED lighting which creates a uniting, soft ambient glow.

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Low maintenance decking that stands the test of time

James Latham is seeing the popularity of its premium quality composite decking ProFi soar due to its outstanding performance properties which include minimum maintenance, superior stain resistance, extra high impact strength and a high friction surface.timber decking

Germany by UPM – is perfectly suited to the hospitality sector, ensuring that despite high traffic and almost constant use, as well as continuing to perform to optimum levels, the deck will remain looking fresh for years to come.

Accoya Wood

In addition to withstanding staining from food service, drink spillage and other exterior factors such as birds, it will also stand up to the constant moving of chairs and tables plus, it can endure extreme temperature changes (-40°C to +40°C) from the extreme cold, snow and ice of Northern Scandinavia to the searing heat and relentless sunshine of the Middle East.

Accoya Wood

2017 sees UPM ProFi celebrate its 10-year anniversary as one of the leading European WPC decking producers. In that time, the boards have benefitted from continual research and development and  this year, UPM are revisiting decks installed during the first years of manufacture which are still looking fresh and modern and performing well 10 years after installation.

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ProFi Deck comes in two stunning design styles, UPM ProFi Classic Deck and UPM ProFi Design Deck.

UPM ProFi Classic Deck range offers the beauty of a hardwood deck without the high maintenance. Wood and cellulose fibres are encapsulated in specially selected polymers to provide lasting protection from the weather. The advanced composite technology provides superior resistance to UV, frost, stains and impacts when compared to traditional composite or wood decks.

Accoya Wood

The UPM ProFi Design Deck range gives outdoor living a fresh and modern feel. Renowned designers from around the world have been inspired to work with the wide colour range and clean looks. The Design Deck range includes UPM ProFi Deck 150 which offers high impact and scratch resistance, a reversible profile, a closed surface for low maintenance and Lignin-free colour durability. Plus, it is also manufactured using more than 50% recyclable materials.timber decking

Richard Mosson, James Latham’s Group Cladding and Decking Manager commented, “As the popularity of WPC decking grows in the UK, customers are looking for a premium quality product that will deliver and UPM ProFi ticks all the boxes.

To learn more about Latham’s complete product range please visit www.lathamtimber.co.uk. Information is also available from Latham’s marketing department by e-mailing: marketing@lathams.co.uk or by calling: 0116 257 3415

High performance, long life timber cladding

Accoya®, the modified, highly durable and dimensionally stable certified timber cladding – is available from all eight of James Latham’s timber depots.

Created from sustainably sourced wood and completely non-toxic, Accoya is a revolution in wood technology.

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And with TRADA approval for the 15mm profile when used as an external cladding product, it’s the perfect solution for exterior cladding, siding and façades where the wider board offers numerous features and benefits including enhanced aesthetics, less frequent maintenance, dimensional stability, durability and improved insulation values.

Suitable for horizontal or vertical installation, Accoya can be used to create simple or complex designs.  And with a choice of factory coating finishes, it can be opaque coated or, for those wishing to enjoy the natural look of wood, translucent coated.

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Plus, with a 50-year guarantee when used externally, Accoya’s low maintenance requirements add to its ‘whole life’ cost effectiveness and environmental credentials and this versatility makes it ideal for use in residential, commercial and industrial applications.

Paul Leach, James Latham’s Group Product Sales & Development Manager for Accoya said, “When it comes to cladding, Accoya ticks all the boxes and is the perfect solution for many exterior applications which were once only feasible with non-sustainable material. Use of the wider cladding boards is allowed by the improved dimensional stability, plus cladding joints do not open, tolerances remain tight and twist is prevented. In addition, the wood’s natural appearance is retained for longer, thanks to the superior resistance to the effects of UV exposure.”

He added, “Accoya is a fantastic material for external specification and fits perfectly with our already established range of sustainable products.”

In addition to cladding, sidings and facades, Accoya wood is also ideal for windows, doors and decking.

To learn more about Latham’s complete product range please visit www.lathamtimber.co.uk. Information is also available from Latham’s marketing department by e-mailing: marketing@lathams.co.uk or by calling: 0116 257 3415

Accoya® chosen as the ideal wood for an Orangery in Birmingham

Accoya was selected as the ideal wood for the custom fabricated windows and doors of this orangery, designed and crafted by Midland Conservatories.http://joineryforlife.accoya.com/blog/case-studies/

As a company, Midland Conservatories make a range of high end windows, doors, conservatories & orangeries. Increasingly, Midland Conservatories have found that they have been asked to use Accoya more throughout their projects having seen all the benefits Accoya has to offer.

They now use Accoya as standard for a range of components including all of their opaque door sashes. For this orangery project in Birmingham, Midland Conservatories designed and built the entire project to the customers specification using Accoya.

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Accoya was also selected for its environmental credentials and ability to retain paint, resulting in lower maintenance. Plus, thanks to Accoya’s improved stability coatings last at least two times longer compared to other traditional hardwoods.

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Inspired by design?  Visit Accoya’s new blog to view a selection of project stories.