Designing Timber

Brent Cross Pavilion by Moxon Architects
A community showcase of flexible architecture
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Embracing larch and spruce both in its structure and frame, Brent Cross Pavilion was the first building constructed in the new 180-acre Brent Cross Town development. Aiming to create a flourishing ‘park town’, real estate developer Related Argent - in partnership with Barnet Council - pledged to create 6,700 new...
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untreated cladding
How well does untreated timber cope outdoors?
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Timber does not necessarily have to be treated to be used externally. It can provide robust results with an unparalleled aesthetic - free from chemical treatments. In this extract from TDUK's forthcoming Designing for Natural Durability, we showcase some great examples of buildings whose robust timber is weathering naturally and...
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wood city
Stockholm Wood City
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It feels as if 'largest timber project ever' stories are becoming increasingly common. But this one is particularly ambitious: it's "the world's largest known construction project in wood". Developers Atrium Ljungberg have announced that work will start on Stockholm Wood City in 2025 – a huge timber project spanning some...
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Wizards of timber: working wonders with wood
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Xylotek specialize in delivering “non-standard timber structures that need innovative solutions”. Their self-proclaimed mission is “to change the world with wood”. We spoke to co-founder Martin Self to find out more about their highly distinctive work.. Browse Xylotek’s many projects and you’ll encounter a truly eclectic portfolio: from the award-winning...
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Finding paradise in a timber office building
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Your first timber project can be a daunting experience. Why did Bywater Properties take the timber route for Paradise SE11 - a 6-storey South London office space? Theo Michell, Co-Founder, Bywater Properties “We acquired the site in 2018 and received planning in early 2020,” explains Theo Michell, co-founder of Bywater...
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The UK’s tallest timber office building
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Architects Piercy&Co are the designers behind a timber-based redevelopment of the former Holborn Town Hall in London. The site sits on the southeast corner of Gray’s Inn Road and Clerkenwell Road in Camden. Planning permission has been granted to developers Global Holdings (GHMG UK) to create the UK’s largest full...
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Know your wood – Red Oak
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Each issue, we take a look at a particular wood species or wood product. This time it’s the turn of American red oak - a sustainable and strong wood that machines well, steam bends and takes colour beautifully. The tree Rather than a single species, American red oak refers instead...
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Eurban: Timber trailblazers since 2003
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TDUK's members know about timber construction. But only one of them can lay claim to have delivered the UK’s first ever CLT project. That is Eurban, who have been creating engineered timber buildings for over 20 years. In 2004, Eurban provided what's thought to be the UK’s first cross-laminated timber...
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Issue 4 of Designing Timber, the TDUK magazine for specifiers
Designing Timber | Issue 04
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Fourth edition of Designing Timber, a magazine from Timber Development UK (TDUK) dedicated to architects, designers and anyone working with timber.
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Street scene showing the corner of the Technique Building, where the lower front building meets the higher back.
Moving on up: timber takes Technique Building to new heights
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How did mass timber add extra floors - and a whole lot of flair - to the Technique Building? We catch up with Andy Heyne, of structural engineers Heyne Tillett Steel, to find out all the details. The building at 132 Goswell Road has been many things. Once it was...
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