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In Touch with Timber

Offsite: improving processes and performance

Timber offers the greatest range of possible solutions for off-site construction, or so will argue four speakers about different public and commercial projects, at TRADA’s In Touch with Timber conference session ‘Improving processes and performance’ on 28th September 2011.

Peter Cartwright of Cartwright Pickard will draw upon his experience in the housing sector, using a variety of timber frame and SIPs construction techniques, to   highlight the importance of team make-up and programme management techniques.

Education will be represented by Ramboll UK, whose perseverance in converting its clients to more innovative and sustainable construction techniques using solid wood panels has brought them many awards and accolades. Simon Smith will elaborate on this work, which has enabled cross-laminated timber to make great strides in the education sector, including the Open Academy, Norwich, and the Thomas Clarkson Community College, Wisbech, Cambs.

Guy Nevill of M &E engineers Max Fordham will argue the case for office construction. Lack of thermal mass is often quoted as a reason against using timber, but Max Fordham addressed this issue with the new Woodland Trust headquarters in Grantham. Mr Nevill will explore how much thermal mass is actually needed and how it can most efficiently be included.

Large accommodation projects, with repetition of room requirements, lend themselves greatly to off-site construction and to complete the session David Grindley of David Grindley Architects will use a mental health care home for young people in Northampton to highlight how timescales and costs were kept under control to create living accommodation which met the needs of occupants and their carers.

In Touch with Timber is this year an integral part of  Timber Expo 2011, which takes place at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on 27th & 28th September. Delegates may book onto those sessions most relevant to their business and fees start from £80.00. Visit www.timber-expo.co.uk/Conference.

Session 1: Tuesday 27th September 9.30am – 12.30pm
Timber – the first choice for excellent design

Session 2: Tuesday 27th  September 2011 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Growing the commercial sector

Session 3: Wednesday 28th  September  9.30am – 12.30pm
Improving processes and performance

Session 4: Wednesday 28th  September 2011 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Lessons from abroad