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Non-Destructive Testing

Non-destructive testing techniques minimise disruption and the need for opening works when examining timber in-situ.

Timber Damage by Insects and Fungi

Different wood-decaying organisms feed on wood and can deface or degrade timber. When damage is found, identifying which insects or fungi are responsible both informs the repairs required and the approaches for future prevention.

New Model Building Guide

New Model Building sets out design principles demonstrating how mass timber can be used safely to construct residential buildings up to 18 metres in height. This overview Guide describes why we need the New Model Building and what it includes.

Timber Typologies

If timber is to realise its potential, we must know what we mean when we say timber.

Case studies

Arcadia Nursery was created to provide early-years education for children of university staff, students and the general public and caters for up to 113 children ranging in age from six weeks to five years. Completed in 2014, the nursery brought together two existing university nurseries, on two separate sites in the city, into a single purpose-built building with a generous outdoor play area, sited next to the university campus on the southern edge of Edinburgh.

The new extension and refurbishment of Emmanuel College Library is a project of considerable subtlety and complexity, with timber used as structure, cladding and internal joinery.