Timber news: Four things you might have missed this week

Published Tuesday 18th December, 2018

It’s been an exciting and turbulent week of news for the timber industry as we welcome in the month of Christmas, with new environmentally conscious developments taking shape and government policies being put into effect that may change the way buildings are designed and built!

Take a look at the week in timber-news.


Government legislation calls for an end of timber cladding

New legislation, titled Final Impact Assessment: Ban on combustible materials in external wall systems, has come into play in the UK, stating that only materials with a European fire rating of Class A1 or A2 may be used on the external walls of tall residential buildings, and states explicitly that wood products do not come under this classification.

This has led to an outcry from those in the design industry, including architects Waugh Thistleton, who have said that the new policy “demonstrates a misunderstanding of the fire performance of engineered timber”.

As timber is one of the most sustainable building materials and buildings are the highest cause of global warming, this should be an interesting, and likely ongoing, debate.

Read the full story here.


Timber in construction will continue to grow

In-keeping with the new Government legislation, the Confederation of Timber Industries has issued a statement saying that timber in construction is a trend that will continue to grow despite the new building regulations move.

Although unhappy with the new laws, CTI Director David Hopkins, remains positive that it will lead to increased research into the use of timber in construction, saying: “CLT has not been banned (in all aspects of building). It is still a perfectly safe, viable building material for a huge variety of projects. The UK remains a global leader in timber design and construction, so this regulation is likely act as a spur to further innovation.”

Find out more from CTI here.


Build a bridge

In some more positive news, Knight Architects has secured planning permission for a timber-clad pedestrian and cycle bridge across the River Usk in south Wales.

The timber and steel decked bridge will be built 100m downstream from an existing Grade II*-listed road bridge deemed too narrow to provide a safe and comfortable crossing.

We love seeing timber used in development projects across the UK, so we’ll be keeping an eye out for the completion of this stunning new bridge.

To see plans for this new crossing, visit Architect’s Journal here.


Wood Awards 2018

The annual Wood Awards were held at the end of November and the winners were officially announced at a ceremony held in Carpenters’ Hall, London. Established in 1971, the Wood Awards is free to enter and aims to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood.

There were some truly architecturally stunning submissions, and the winners really were the crème de la crème.

Take a look at them all here!


What a week!

All of that in just one week? The timber industry must never sleep! If you have any more timber news that you think we should see, chat to us on TwitterLinkedIn or Facebook!

If you’d like to speak to a timber consultant to find out more about how we can help your woodworking efforts, get in touch and we’ll be able to help you out.