Talk timber with us at FOOTPRINT+

Timber Development at FootPrint+ in Brighton

We are determined to accelerate a low-carbon future using timber. This is why next week we are bringing together 48 leaders from across the timber supply chain to speak across 14 sessions at FOOTPRINT+.

At our Timber Stage at FOOTPRINT+ in Brighton from 6-8 June we will be leading discussions with architects, engineers, and property developers on how we can build better with wood and overcome any barriers.

Come and see us at the Timber Stage, or you can talk to our staff at any time on Stand C38, where we will be available to answer your questions and give you the latest copy of Designing Timber.

TDUK will also be presenting from the Circular Economy Stage twice; with Sustainability Director Charlie Law and Head of Education and Engagement Tabitha Binding both set to talk.

Finally, we are to launch an exciting new book – Timber Typologies – which demystifies different forms of structural timber construction – during a networking drinks on Wednesday evening.

Make sure to come and say hi to one of our friendly staff if you are around, or keep an eye on our website and social media for news and knowledge sharing from our team on the ground.


09.45 – 10.30

End to End: Forest to Neighbourhood

The Anthony Timberlands Center for Design and Materials Innovation, designed by Grafton Architects, is the latest example of the University’s commitment to the “forest to campus” initiative.

Kelly Harrison – Whitby Wood (Chair) | Peter MacKeith – University of Arkansas | Yvonne Farrell – Grafton Architects

10.45 – 11.30

Timber in Construction: The Global Challenge

We will discuss what is the current state of play of timber in construction or what are the opportunities for a UK-based industry, among others.

Mila Duncheva – Stora Enso (chair) – Michael Ramage – Centre for Natural Material Innovation

12.15 – 13.00

Commercial buildings in Timber

In this session we ask what has changed to enable the use of timber in these buildings and chart a possible trajectory for the growth of timber as a carbon-negative structural material in the commercial sector.

Karianne Kraaijestein – Built by Nature (Chair) | Alex Dunn – Cromwell Properties | Mario Ledermann – Lendlease | Matthew Prior – Architecture BVN | Peter Fisher – Bennetts Associates

14.00 – 14.45

Mass Timber Insurance Playbook: Intro and Workshop

Aligned with RIBA stages The Mass Timber Insurance Playbook sets out what should be considered by designers, developers, fabricators and insurance intermediaries to communicate clearly with the insurance industry.

Oliver Hartley-Booth – Gardiner & Theobald (Chair) | Philip Callow – Mass Timber Risk Consulting | Kelly Harriosn – Whitby Wood | Alex Brock – BK Structures | Robert Innes – Zurich UK | Jonathan Fovargue – Eurban Ltd

15.30 – 16.15

Creating demand for Timber: The monetisation of construction-stored carbon

Mass timber in combination with sustainably managed forests is an important solution for addressing embodied carbon in the built environment.

David Hopkins – Timber Development UK (Chair) | Stefan Zollig – Timber Finance Initiative | Sacha Brons – Climate Cleanup


10.45 – 11.30

Timber construction policy from Europe and North America

We look at the impact of municipal policy in Amsterdam, Paris and Sweden and the development of building codes that support the use of timber in the urban context.

Linda Thiel – White Arkitekter | Mila Duncheva – Stora Enso | Bob van der Zande – Metropolitan Region Amsterdam

12.15 – 13.30

Timber in social housing

This session provides a roundup of new and exciting products and projects embracing all aspects of the efficiency and reduction in carbon these buildings achieve.

Sophie Cole – Mikhail Riches (Chair) | Simon Horn – Donaldson Timber | Tom Westwood – Bristol City Council | Michael Jones – City of York Council

14.00 – 14.45

The New Model Building

The New Model Building is a set of design principles developed by architects, fire engineers and structural engineers for widespread use intended to set out a standard which will become fully accepted in the UK.

Prof Jose Torero – UCL | Jonathan Roynon – Buro Happold | Alistair Ogle – Waugh Thistleton Architects

15.30 – 16.15

Paradise: Medium-scale commercial buildings in timber

Come and hear from the team how the building was conceived and designed, and hear detailed advice on: the carbon savings achievable, managing the risks associated with fire and fire testing, and the process of insuring during construction and permanently.

Theo Michell – Bywater Properties | Ben McColl – OFR Consultants | Dominic Lion – A J Gallagher | Joe Jack Williams – Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

16.30 – 20.00

Drinks reception: Unlocking timber construction

Join Timber Development UK at this informal evening sessions for the launch of a new book, Timber Typologies, as well as to share thoughts and network after a busy day on the Timber Stage.

David Hopkins – Timber Development UK


10.00 – 10.45

Timber for retrofit and extensions

Timber is a lightweight structural material whose additional load can frequently be added to existing buildings without the need to upgrade existing structure, an introduction to what you need to know by project protagonists.

Andy Heyne – Heyne Tillett Steel (Chair) | Rachael Owens – Buckley Gray Yeoman | Ben Cross – General Projects

12.15 – 13.00

Built by nature: Circulaw

Hear from the team on how the BbN Legal Knowledge Platform will leverage legislative and regulatory systems to promote the adoption of mass timber in urban development.

Joe Giddings (Chair) | Arjan Hassing – City of Amsterdam | Romy Snijders – Dark Matter Labs

14.00 – 14.45

Timber buildings command a premium

Evidence is mounting that green buildings command a premium in the commercial market. We hear from developers and agents how timber buildings can be a significant part of this picture.

Stephanie Burrell – The World Economic Forum (Chair) | Andrew Waugh – Waugh Thistleton Architects | Shaun Simmons – Compton

15.30 – 16.15

Building from England’s woodlands

The Forestry Commission are funding research into the suitability and viability of English native species for structural timber systems. Join us to hear how scalable solutions will be developed, and tested for their suitability for MMC use.

Jonas Lencer – dRMM (Chair) | Matt Stevenson – Ecosystems Technologies | Marlene Cremer – NMITE