Apr 25

Inspiring timber projects from across the UK: #designTimber

Timber Development UK is presenting an ongoing series of hour-long talks exploring inspiring timber buildings and products selected from the winners and shortlisted projects of the Wood Awards 2022. Here is a round-up of the first four talks in the designTimber series, which you can catch up on below.

The webinars, in which architects, engineers, clients and timber fabricators have delivered in-depth presentations about their projects, have showcased an impressive and diverse array of sustainable timber design and construction in the UK.

Projects featured so far have included a ceremonial Cambridge college dining hall with a striking butterfly truss roof by Feilden Fowles, a vertical home in a converted steel-frame water tower by Tonkin Liu, a stylish, flood-resistant riverside home built using an innovative OSB cassette system, by Knox Bhavan Architects, and the refurbishment and restoration of an Edinburgh church centre by Konishi Gaffney Architects.

The series continues on 14 June when UK Hardwoods and Buckland Timber will describe how they came together to create the largest known UK-grown glulam structure – the UK Hardwoods Storage Building.

Catch up on the first four talks below:

Homerton College Dining Hall

The first talk focused on Homerton College Dining Hall by Feilden Fowles – a majestic timber-framed dining hall that combines high-performing engineered sweet chestnut glulam with traditional carpentry connections to glorious effect.

Architect Eleanor Hedley from Feilden Fowles, engineer Sophie Frith from Structure Workshop and timber specialist Paul Tracey from Constructional Timber delivered a detailed lecture on this dramatic feat of timber design, engineering and construction.

Homerton College Dining Hall: Case Study

Water Tower

The second talk of the series was given by the multidisciplinary team behind the Water Tower – a unique reuse project which saw a dilapidated, locally beloved water tower salvaged and transformed into an enchanting family home.

Following a presentation by architect Mike Tonkin from Tonkin Liu and structural engineer Mervyn Rodrigues, client Dennis Pedersen took the audience on a video tour of the tower, revealing how the delightful timber interior strengthens the fragile steel frame from within.

Water Tower: Case Study

March House

The third webinar featured architect Fergus Knox from Knox Bhavan, engineer Tim Lucas from Price & Myers, and Jonathan Green from digital manufacturing specialists BlokBuild, who presented March House, an innovation in bespoke modular design.

Sitting on a steel table-top platform, raised above the hundred-year predicted water level, this riverside home was built using an OSB cassette system which was developed through this project.

In their presentation, the team describe how they worked together to design and construct the house to harmoniously integrate with its environmental surroundings.

March House: Case Study

Greyfriars Charteris Centre

In the fourth session, architect Kieran Gaffney from Konishi Gaffney Architects, engineers Andrew Forshaw and Mike Gauld from Forshaw Gauld, and designer-makers Neville Rae and Scott Laverie from Old School Fabrications presented their restoration and retrofit of Greyfriars Charteris Centre.

With a timber extension and interior reconfiguration, the underused church and administrative buildings have been transformed into a thriving community centre.

In their presentation, the team focused especially on the design, engineering and construction of the beautiful open stair and timber link building, which came to define this complex project.

Register now to attend the rest of the series:

14 June | designTimber – UK Hardwoods Storage Building: Learn about this warehouse which stands as the largest UK-grown glulam structure ever built.

12 July | designTimber – Fenland Black Oak Project: The project transformed a 5,000-year-old oak tree, found preserved underground in East Anglia bog land, into a spectacular 13-metre public table.