Engineered timber products

Engineered timber products

Date Published

27 August 2022

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The term ‘engineered timber products’ relates to wood-based composite materials. Typically, solid softwood is processed in a factory, combined with other materials (for example adhesives) and formed into a new material. These engineered timber products combine all the positive attributes of timber, for example strength, weight, sustainability etc, while removing some of the negative attributes, such as variability, stability and limited section sizes.

Key Information

Engineered timber products’ are wood-based composite materials, combining positive attributes of timber while removing some of the negative attributes.

Engineered timber products process the timber and remove some of the variability of the natural material.

Solid timber can be converted to particles, strands or laminates which can be combined with other materials, such as glues, to form composite wood products.

Structural wood composites may be divided into categories of: layered composites, particle composites and composite structural assemblies.

Case studies

Walking into the new railway station at Abbey Wood, the immediate impression is of the elegant timber roof which arches over the interior, imparting a warm, natural quality to this large public space – more than 25 metres by 25 metres.

The Winter Garden forms part of the much bigger redevelopment of Sheffield city centre the Heart of the City Project.