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Solid Wood Solutions – Focuses on the Ultimate Retail Experience

Solid Wood Solutions – Focuses on the Ultimate Retail Experience

The Bishop Centre, Taplow

As companies are planning ahead in an increasingly competitive environment to satisfy their constantly evolving customer base, for some retailers a competitive pricing strategy is only part of the equation.

In order to help gain customer loyalty, retailers now have to prove business value through delivering a high-quality shopping experience. Whilst some retailers are fighting to keep their customers by lowering their prices, other stores are positioning their strategies around factors such as sustainability, aesthetics and providing outstanding facilities to create the optimum customer experience.

As a result, companies are beginning to explore the latest in pioneering, energy efficient and aesthetically appealing building systems for their stores.

The design for The Bishop Centre, Taplow was exceptional, as all customer facing elements were constructed from European Larch glulam beams. Glulam beams were specified for the core structural timber component, due to its high durability, aesthetic appeal and ability to stand-out from other competing outlets constructed from traditional steel beams.

The Bishop Centre, Taplow

With environmental impact now a key factor influencing consumer buying decisions there is an opportunity for sustainable solutions such as glulam to be used as part of an optimum hybrid structure for the construction of an energy efficient, sustainable store.

The key driver for the Bishop Centre was not only to create a brand new and exclusive shopping experience but also to design a structure that could achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating. By utilising materials that provide excellent thermal performance and sustainability, together with speed of build and cost certainty – the stringent performance, timescales and budget could be delivered. The finished £20m build provides a distinctive, sustainable space, congenial atmosphere and an unrivalled shopping experience, underpinned with high quality landscaping and public art.

Simon Brambles, Architect at 3D Reid, will be speaking at this year’s Solid Wood Solutions which is being held on September 16 2015 at the Inmarsat Conference Centre, London, presenting a technical case study on the Bishop Centre Taplow.

If you are interested in finding out more about this pioneering structure, as well as many other innovative and iconic projects and products in the engineered timber sector, then this is an event not to be missed. Packed full with industry leaders, Solid Wood Solutions is the ideal networking opportunity for construction professionals looking to create new connections in sustainable design.

Tickets are just £125 +vat. Click here to book your place: http://solidwoodsolutions.co.uk/book

Taking place on 16 September 2015 and the Inmarsat Conference Centre, London. Solid Wood Solutions is a one day conference and exhibition designed to showcase the very best in engineered timber and creates a platform for the industry’s innovators to present some of the most prestigious projects in the UK and in Europe.

Engineered timber is one of the fastest growing modern methods of construction and this event is designed to inspire through innovation. The event will consist of a small exhibition of circa 25-30 companies from within the CLT and glulam technology sector plus complementary solutions such as SIPS and cladding/fenestration solutions with a conference of approximately 200 delegates.

Please see below for this years full speaker line up:

  • Rosi Fieldson – Head of Environment – Simons Group – Chair
  • Alex Smith – Associate – Hawkins\Brown, Nick Milestone – Managing Director – B & K Structures & Clive Fussell – Director – Engenuiti

“17-21 Wenlock Road  –  Building a 10 Storey CLT/Hybrid structure in London”

  • Andy Boutle – BIM Manager – Kier Construction, Eoin McCooey – Project BIM Manager – Eurban

“BIM 4 CLT & Digital Handover – Case Study; UEA Crome Court Student Residences”

  • Andrew Waugh – Founding Director – Waugh Thistleton Architects

“Timber systems in medium rise housing application”

  • Simon Brambles – Architect – 3D Reid

“Case study on the Taplow Retail Park”

  • Kate Edmondson – Architect – Penoyre and Prasad

“Case study on Middle Row Primary School”

  • Liam Dewar – Director – Eurban

“More than structure – Design-led solutions in solid timber”

  • Rupert Scott – Marketing and Membership Manager – TRADA

“Making it easier to specify timber: TRADA’s new National Structural Timber Specification”

  • Tim Snelson – Associate Director – Arup

“Timber in Commercial Offices”

  • Robert Hairstans – Director of the Wood Studio – Edinburgh Napier University

“Edinburgh Napier Solid Timber Research, Innovation and Commercialisation”

  • Kay Hartmann – Technical Director – KLH, Andrew de Silva – Architect – David Miller Architects, Brian Spencer – Bid Director – Bouygues UK, Gavin White – Director – Ramboll

“Mayfield School project”

  • Rensteph Thompson – Project Manager International – HESS TIMBER

“The Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility in Leeds – The largest glulam structure of its type in the UK”