The Wood Awards 2024: Call for Entries Now Open!

The Wood Awards 2024: Call for Entries Now Open!
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Enter the Wood Awards by 24 May (for free!) to join our celebration of the very best of timber design, craftsmanship and installation. The Wood Awards is the UK’s premier competition for architecture and product design in wood - setting the benchmark, year-on-year, for timber excellence. With ten dedicated categories,...
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The Parliament of Westminster
Government announces new unit to clamp down on companies evading sanctions
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The Government has announced the creation of a new unit to crack down on companies dodging Russian sanctions. Companies who are found to be dodging strict trade sanctions, including those imposed since the war in Ukraine, will face tougher penalties. Industry and Economic Security Minister Nusrat Ghani announced the creation...
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A positive outlook for timber in construction
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"The current short-term challenges do not change the long-term positive outlook for timber in construction." That was the conclusion of Olle Berg, EVP Market and Business Development at SETRA Group at the recent TDUK Global Market Conference. Olle addressed delegates at the Conference in London this week, giving them an...
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Hemphasise wins TDUK Student Challenge
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A mixed-discipline student team from across the UK took the top spot in the 2023 TDUK University Design Challenge, as they competed to reimagine and retrofit a real-life building using timber. The University Design Challenge is the premier competition for students who wish to better understand how to design and...
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Why we must make the most of our timber
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The built environment has seen a significant shift towards a future where we work to minimise the impact of the construction industry on the natural world. This move from an "exploitative past of refining materials" to a future where we "cultivate our materials in collaboration with nature" was the focus...
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Winners of TDChallenge23.
‘Hemphasise’ declared winners of the TDUK Student Challenge 2023
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A mixed-discipline student team featuring built environment students from across the UK took out top spot in the Timber Development UK University Design Challenge 2023 (#TDChallenge23), as they competed to reimagine and retrofit a real-life building using timber. TDChallenge is the pre-eminent competition for students to learn how to design...
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Building a circular economy with timber
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How do we evaluate the true cost of waste? And if we look beyond steel and bricks, can building materials such as timber help create a truly circular economy? A panel discussion at the recent Footprint+ exhibition, featuring TDUK Sustainability Director Charlie Law, investigated. Recycling and the circular economy was...
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Meet the judges – University Design Challenge: Climate Responsive Retrofit
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On 14 July the four shortlisted teams for #TDChallenge23 will present their final designs to an expert panel of judges who will determine the winning projects. Responding to a brief to retrofit and extend an existing timber frame building - the cricket pavilion in Hereford - the participating teams have...
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Join us for the University Design Challenge 2023 live finals!
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Join us in Hereford on 14 July for the live finals of our 2023 University Design Challenge! Held at the New Model Institute for Technology & Engineering (NMITE)'s Skylon Campus, you are invited to join us for either the awards and celebration from 5.30pm - 8pm, or to watch the...
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Climate Responsive Retrofit: University Design Challenge 2023 is coming to an end!
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Addressing the urgent need to reuse and upgrade existing buildings, this year’s university design challenge has focused on the essential but challenging realm of retrofit. Seven team entries to the Climate Responsive Retrofit Design Challenge were longlisted and, of these, four teams have now been shortlisted for the live judging...
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