Module: Introduction to timber engineering design Unit: Structural detailing requirements

Date Published

10 August 2022

Document Type




This module gives recommendations for the preparation, fabrication, storage, handling, and installation of materials and components. These recommendations are necessary conditions for the applicability of the design rules given in Eurocode 51 . Workmanship in the preparation, fabrication and installation of materials should conform in all respects to accepted good practice.

The specified materials should be installed in such a way as to perform adequately the functions for which they are designed. For the structure to conform to the principles and practical considerations of the design there should be adequate supervision throughout its preparation, construction and maintenance.

Key Information

The module discussed the recommendations for the preparation, fabrication, storage, handling, and installation of timber materials and components. Relevant standards were mentioned where applicable. The module is not exhaustive in its treatment of the subject and as such further references should be made to material specific standards and good practice for more information.

Case studies

Alfriston school, a secondary-age day and boarding school in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, caters for 120 girls with a wide range of special educational needs and disabilities. Its new swimmming pool building, designed by Duggan Morris Architects, is enclosed by a beautiful multi-faceted timber structure, its innovative shape a direct yet imaginative response to the requirements of the brief.

The Wooden Annex is a single-storey, fully timber extension to a 1950s end-of-terrace house in South London. The addition of the annex accompanied a complete refurbishment of the existing house, creating increased and improved open living space for the homeowners.