Matt Milton

Peaks Barn, under construction.
WikiHouse – a new way to do modular timber construction
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The WikiHouse system brings MMC capabilities to designers and contractors who didn't think they had the resources for it. WikiHouse CEO Alastair Parvin explains just how easy this system is to procure and put together. "We describe it as a bit like Lego but for buildings," Alastair says. “WikiHouse gives...
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Kevin McCloud speaking at Architects Declare's launch of the Building Blocks manifesto
The Building Blocks manifesto – turning climate catastrophe into climate opportunity
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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has said he expects to go to the polls "in the second half" of 2024: this will be an election year for the UK. The Building Blocks manifesto should be required reading for all political parties. A self-described “call to action for the next UK government”,...
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CGI image of rooftop extension of Arding & Hobbs building, showing interior of upper floors
Timber on top – could Optoppen start a rooftop revolution?
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If we want to build more sustainably, we should look up. That's what the Optoppen project is suggesting, showing us the potential of timber to provide low-carbon rooftop extensions. It is often said that the most sustainable building is the one that already exists. If we want to give our...
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Eton College Sports & Aquatic Centre
Timber is the star at Eton’s pool and sports hall
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A timber structure clad in brick, Eton Sports & Aquatic Centre has become a much-loved asset to the College that's also used by the local community. The project came to Hopkins architects after they’d made a good first impression via a previous competition entry. They hadn’t won, but it had...
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Turning timber into stunning staircases
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TDUK members millimetre are an award-winning design and fabrication company, established in 2006. Their team includes designers, architects, joiners and fabricators and their output is very varied: architecture, interiors, furniture, art, lighting and staircases. millimetre's black oak helical staircase; all images © Glasshopper It’s their staircases that we’re focusing on...
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CGI image of rooftop extension of Arding & Hobbs building, showing interior of upper floors
Timber brings rooftop extension to iconic former department store
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TDUK member Stora Enso supplied the prefabricated Sylva™ CLT building kit for the rooftop extension at Arding & Hobbs – a former department store that's a much-loved South London landmark. A CGI of the interior, with CLT clearly visible at ceiling level. It's a great example of how timber, by...
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how to choose hardwood flooring
How to choose hardwood flooring
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Want something truly impressive for an interior floor? Hardwood flooring could be the right solution. Find out how to specify the perfect hardwood floor... Hardwood flooring comes in both solid and engineered forms. To make sure you specify the right product, consider where and how the flooring will be used....
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A balcony failure: the importance of product performance specifications
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Timber Development UK members may have read news reports of the collapse of parts of a balcony at the Weavers Quarter apartment complex in Barking, East London. These reports have mentioned plywood elements that had come loose and fallen to the street below. Seventy seven balconies at the building have...
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What is a Sole Plate?
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Sole plates are a critical component of timber frame construction. They provide the interface between a substructure and the timber frame superstructure. Sole plates are usually the first timber components to be installed in a timber frame construction. They provide the basis from which the rest of the superstructure is...
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Newson's Yard interior: a shopping arcade with timber clad ceiling and walls, and brick columns
Former timber yard totally transformed… by timber
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Newson’s Yard is a new hub for top-end retail and restaurants. It is a refurbished and reimagined former timber yard, nestled in London's Pimlico Road Design District. The site was developed by Grosvenor, with Stiff + Trevillion as architect and Heyne Tillett Steel as structural engineer. Timber then, timber now...
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