Industry Events

Less than one month to go until the Structural Timber Awards

The Structural Timber Awards are fast approaching. Taking place on Tuesday 06 October 2015 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, the inaugural Awards will showcase innovative solutions and ground-breaking developments from across the UK timber industry. Significantly, the Confederation of Timber Industries has supported and promoted the event by sponsoring the Product Innovation award.

Presented at a prestigious evening ceremony on the opening night of UK Construction Week, the ST Awards are set to be one of the most important occasions in the timber calendar. Attracting 500 national business leaders, high profile decision makers and key figures from the construction industry, the event will provide the perfect platform for targeting the timber sector, offering the ideal opportunity to maximise exposure and penetrate this economically important market.

Focusing on UK based projects using timber technology as the core structural component, the Awards include finalists from both public and private organisations. The finalists will be battling it out across 14 categories including the Pioneer Award, Product Innovation and the highly competitive, Project of the Year. The Structural Timber Awards will celebrate some of the most cutting-edge projects, inspirational people and ground-breaking products. Of the 160 entries to the Awards, only 35% were successful in being shortlisted - clearly demonstrating the breadth of innovation within this progressive sector.

“I am extremely proud to chair the panel of respected judges of the inaugural Structural Timber Awards. The standard of entries has been outstanding and it was a hard task selecting the finalists. The depth of expertise across all categories was impressive and the exceptional number of entries clearly demonstrates the upturn in the industry. With a strong list of contenders vying for top honours – this event is not to be missed!”, underlined Andrew Carpenter, Chair of the judging panel and CEO of the STA.

To book tickets for the Structural Timber Awards, please visit or contact the Event Director, Amy Pryce

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FSC Friday for responsible forestry on 25 September

On 25 September hundreds of different organizations around the world are going to celebrate the FSC Friday

The event, organised by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), aims to increase the awareness of responsible forestry by showing support to FSC sustainability campaign.

FSC Friday is celebrated in many different ways, from internal events to raise awareness among staff, to public events such as tree planting with local schools. Organisations can host articles and banners on their websites and everyone (on social media) can donate a tweet or post in aid of forests and let others in on the secret of responsible forestry. 

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Wood for Good seminar - "Meeting the Housing Challenge"

On Thursday 15 October at the Building Centre in London, Wood for Good will run its "Meeting the Housing Challenge" seminar.

This half day event, starting at 2 pm, will highlight the ways modern timber construction methods are helping meet that challenge, with case studies from leading architects, manufacturers and housing associations. It is a must attend event for anyone involved in housing delivery in the UK. Significantly the seminar also coincides with the “New Ideas for Housing” free exhibition at the Building Centre, run jointly between New London Architecture and The Mayor of London, that showcases innovative ideas to improve the speed, scale and quality of London’s housing supply. 

"Providing enough housing to meet the needs of our growing population and address decades of under-investment is one of the key challenges facing the country today", said the organisers. 

The "Meeting the Housing Challenge" seminar is accredited for CPD by RIBA. 

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The event is free to attend but registration is essential. 

100% Design event at London Olympia

Timber brands are expected to be front and centre at the "100% Design" event.

The exposition, hosted at London Olympia from 23 to 26 September 2015, will also offer the shortlist for this year’s Wood Awards.

Staged over 20,000 mq and across 2 floors of the venue, 100% Design, organised in partnership with Trada, is run by leading independent publishing and events company Media 10 and is the commercial cornerstone event of the London Design Festival. This year the event will explore 'design in colour' with WGSN. 

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A New House For London - living in shipping container houses

Arup engineers, Carl Turner Architects, CBMM and The Building Centre have teamed up to push the design boundaries of shipping container housing. "A New House For London" explores the possibilities of living in shipping container houses that are built for modern, urban lifestyles with seamlessly adaptable spaces and innovative technology throughout.

The building will be located outside The Building Centre in Store Street, Central London. Free to visit, it will be open 10-5pm, from 19 September until 17 October. 

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