Get your entry in for this year’s Wood Awards!

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This year’s well-attended Wood Awards Launch Reception was staged recently and that means that entries for The Wood Awards for 2018 are now very much open

All involved in a UK-based wood project activity is invited to enter the Awards. The entry period to submit applications is until May 25th.

The Wood Awards short-list will be announced in July, and0 the winners will be announced at the 2018 Awards ceremony on 20th November at The Carpenters’ Hall in London.

The Major Sponsors of the Wood Awards for 2018 are American Hardwood Export Council, the Carpenters’ Company and TRADA. Other sponsors include American Softwoods, Arnold Laver, Forestry Commission, Timber Trade Federation, Wood for Good and the Furniture Makers’ Company.

This year, Mears Group will be sponsoring the Gold Award. The Mears Group Gold Award will be given to the ‘winner of winners’, throughout the Award categories.

The launch event was presented by David Hopkins, Managing Director of the Timber Trade Federation, who remarked the Federation had a key role and commitment in terms of promoting the huge diversity of wood species and timber’s use in all areas of architecture and design.

Said David, “The Awards surely offer the ultimate opportunity to showcase the best wooden projects in construction and design throughout the UK in all fields”

There were various key speakers at the Event including Anthony Thistleton, Director of Waugh Thistleton Architects Ltd and Jonas Lancer, Director of dRMM Architects

WTA are a world leader in engineered timber and pioneering success in the field of tall timber buildings. Anthony guided the audience through the so called “Construction Revolution” now very much under-way which was focusing on the many benefits of using timber in all aspects of Architecture today .

dRMM business were winners of the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize for Architecture for their work on Hastings Pier. Their Director, Jonas Lancer highlighted and explained how saw and felt that timber offered the most incredible advantage in terms of translating bespoke and varying ideas into reality via the connection of timber as a material in numerous aspects of design and manufacture.

Visit the TTF Flickr account for the complete photo gallery of the Launch Reception.

Stunning American Red Oak on view in London HQ

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 The stunning admirable use and presentation of  American red oak, offering ultimate environmental sustainability is on view inside throughout the European HQ of Bloomberg in Finsbury Square London – the CTI web site reports.

Designed by a Foster + Partners team, led by Norman Foster himself, the stunning Bloomberg’s European HQ in London contains over 39,000 m2 of American red oak.

The massive structure has scored high on the environmental front, achieving a record BREEAM rating for an office development of 98.5%.

Making the building more significant for red oak still, project architect Michael Jones said the timber is not used in any token, decorative way. It’s core to the interior aesthetics and to delivering on the designers’ wellbeing and environmental goals. It’s also used in considerable quantities – 37,160 m2 for the floor alone.

To answer the question why wood in the first place, and so much of it, Mr. Jones tracks back to initial conversations with Bloomberg CEO Michael Bloomberg.

Previously the company has occupied existing commercial space, but establishing their European headquarters, they felt, deserved something bespoke and tailored to the way they operate.

As well as expressing this through the architecture itself and while wanting the building to be very much of its own time, they also wanted it to be very contextual and historically rooted in its place through the palette of materials.

Hence the extensive use of bronze and Derbyshire stone – 9,000 tonnes of it – but equally timber, all of which you see quite typically around London. The task was to take these materials and use them in a fresh, innovative way.”

Sustainability also led Foster to timber, adds Michael, “By this we mean not only that timber is renewable, energy efficient, carbon rich and all those other good things, but that it helps achieve sustainability in the broadest sense.

The sustainability of a building is also about the wellbeing of people – and people feel better in a place featuring natural materials.”

For more information,see AHEC press release here.

Top timber talent from UK universities win Urban Buzz 2018

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A talented multidisciplinary team of #tomorrowstimbertalent from some of Britain’s best-known universities have won TRADA’s prestigious undergraduate Urban Buzz competition.

Edward Shaw and Wing Lam Lo from the University of Sheffield, Katy Horner from Edinburgh Napier University, Will Evans from Coventry University and Jure Zibret from Leicester School of Architecture, ‘Team 6’, beat off eleven impressive rivals to win the £2000 top prize with their ground-breaking entry of a multi-storey timber car park.

Speaking on behalf of the winning team, Edward Shaw said: “We are so excited to win Urban Buzz 2018. Representing our respective universities, presenting our designs to a panel of eminent judges, learning to work under pressure in a multidisciplinary team and innovating with timber has all been a fantastic experience.”

Teams 11 & 12 also scooped ‘highly commended’ and £1000 to be divided between each team member, demonstrating the extraordinary pool of timber talent in British universities today.

60 students from 28 universities took part in an intense ‘charrette-style’ challenge at the Diamond, University of Sheffield, last weekend, to conceive ways that timber can be used in the creation of a timber multi-storey car park.

Entrants wowed a distinguished panel of judges with their unique designs, including: architects Carol Costello and Alex Abbey of Cullinan Studio, and Waugh Thistleton’s Kieran Walker; engineers Matt Caldwell of Buro Happold, Keerthi Ranasinghe from the TRADA Advisory Committee, and Arup’s Susie Gregory; and landscape architects Stephanie Crewe of HLM Architects and Kate Shearer of Ares.

Tabitha Binding, Manager of the University Engagement Programme at TRADA, said: “I would like to thank Sheffield University, the judges and sponsors for this competition. Such a brilliant event could not happen without the time, dedication and support of everyone involved. Congratulations to the winners and runners-up for their inspired designs.

It was great to see the architectural, engineering and landscape students turn from individuals into design teams, embrace the challenge and deliver well thought through timber concepts. I am thrilled at the enthusiasm with which our multidisciplinary competition has been met. I hope others will be inspired to enter TRADA’s undergraduate challenge in 2019.”

Competition judge Carol Costello, Practice Leader at Cullinan Studio said: “Congratulations to TRADA for getting architecture and engineering students from all over the country to collaborate and create outstanding timber designs. Technology is blurring the lines between architecture and engineering. Young people entering this industry today need to be nimble, think on their feet and work together to understand the bigger picture.

Susie Gregory, Structural Engineer at Arup, says, “TRADA’s Urban Buzz competition prepares students for working life, by getting them to work in multidisciplinary teams to share knowledge, present ideas and come up with exciting new innovations.

Urban Buzz provides the perfect opportunity for students in architecture, engineering and landscape to come together for discussion and debate, and push boundaries in outstanding timber design. The students today have shown a real passion for timber, from the enthusiastic way they got stuck into the competition and their presentation skills, to the outstanding quality of their designs.”

In recognition of the importance of promoting timber in education, Urban Buzz 2018 was sponsored by the Timber Trade Federation (TTF), Arnold Laver, Stora Enso, Hanson Plywood and OSC Sales Ltd. Media supporters included: IStructE, Architecture Today, and TTJ.

Andrew Wharrier, Head of Marketing and Communications at Arnold Laver & Co, said: “Arnold Laver is a proud sponsor of Urban Buzz because we want future engineers, architects and landscape architects to know what is possible with timber.

As a business we are very mindful of how education can play a part in promoting timber and creating a more sustainable, built environment. If we can encourage students in schools, colleges and universities to consider timber as an alternative material for construction, that engagement will follow through for the rest of their lives.”

For background on TRADA’s University Challenge and details on how to enter next year’s competition, please visit:

Success of TTF London UK Softwood Conference ‘talk-in’

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Softwood Industry representatives and Stakeholders from across Europe sparked lively debate recently in London at the 2018 Timber Trade Federation (TTF)UK Softwood Conference

Over 100 attendees were given a comprehensive overview of the global softwood market, at the Conference, more famously and historically known as ‘The Shippers Breakfast Meeting’.

The Conference was well attended, but for those who were not present here visual recap is a round-up of the event including photos, slides and recordings.

For any additional information and media material required, it is possible to contact Ben Antuono at

You can also view the complete photo gallery here.



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Shop Refurbishment at Nicks Timber

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Refurbishment of our Trade and DIY centre

Refurbishment of our Trade and DIY centreWe have been very busy in the new year, especially with our Trade and DIY Centre. The heating was broken, and as you can see from the photo on the left it was very cold there.

We now have a new heating system installed ( See pictures below ) and now that we have this complete we will be making many improvements for our business and private customers.

This allows us to carry on with the refurbishment and helps everyone. Keep an eye on our blog for more later







BWA backs UK timber information and learning portal.

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The British Wood Association is to the fore in an exciting, fast developing industry wide information and learning online ‘experience ‘

Owned and largely funded by Swedish Wood, Wood Campus has been an object lesson in industry co-operation, with financial and intellectual support from industry associations, timber companies and timber merchants, creating a free, open-access, industry-wide information and learning portal.

The British Woodworking Federation has taken an active role – in that it has developed great building assets for doors, staircases and, through the Wood Window Alliance, windows and coatings.

In the past few months, there have been many innovations on the site, which industry businesses and their customers could make good use of.

There are numerous new CPD modules for specifiers :- Wood in Interiors, developed in collaboration with and certified by the British Institute of Interior Design.

The module includes sections on doors, staircases, panelling, flooring and mouldings, as well as inspirational galleries of interiors and furniture and Building with Wood, a RIBA-approved module. There’s also a video version of How to procure sustainable timber.

New interactive DIY assets

The DIY section of the site, which includes DIY project sheets, Timber Trade Topics and a number of Self-build assets, has been headed up since the beginning of last year with an interactive design tool developed by Swedish Wood and adapted for the UK market, Wood in the Home.

This has now been joined by an even more ambitious interactive tool Wood in the Garden, which provides inspiration and detailed information on a wide range of garden projects.

Dynamic new assets for builders

Specially for builders,Wood Campus TV has been launched, featuring Roger Bisby, well-known to readers of Professional Builder, presenting nine short pieces providing the key facts on subjects such as Cladding, Decking, Flooring, Mouldings, Joinery, Treated Timber, Fire Doors and Windows.

The old Wood Campus builders’ app has been replaced by a completely new interactive Builder’s app, developed by Swedish Wood, and adapted for the UK market.

It provides detailed information and advice for small builders, staff in the trading companies and other users on sizes and spans, calculating quantities, determining angles and choosing fixings across a wide range of applications – all on the builder’s smartphone, or tablet whenever and wherever he or she needs the help….and it’s free, of course!

Steady prices on view in Timber Price database now out

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News in  is that Property Consultants Bidwells have now released their Winter 2017 Timber Price Database showing steady prices over the past year.

The report collates data returns from 75 sales transactions covering almost 615,000 cubic metres of timber traded predominantly in Scotland as well as Northern England and Wales, during the period April to September (inclusive) 2017.

With a standing value to growers of over £14,000,000, the results provide a reasonable snapshot of timber prices achieved in the private sector during the reporting period.

When compared to the returns in a previous report (October 2016 to March 2017), there looks to be little significant change in prices paid.

The range of prices being achieved for individual lots of similar average tree size is vast, and this will depend on factors such as species, timber quality, location and ease of working.

In order to arrive at a more rounded and reliable view on the subject, a greater number of samples would be desirable, allowing more in-depth analysis of the figures to be carried out.

Further data shows there is a lot of coniferous timber being felled in the private sector, and this sample reflects only a small proportion of it.

Reports are produced on a sixth monthly basis and new contributors are welcome. All information is treated in the strictest confidence.

To view the full insights and research, please click for the report here.


Money shift on farmer payments gets a warm CONFOR welcome

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News right now is of a warm welcome from Confor with regards to the key ‘farm payments’ consultation, described by UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove, as a “historic opportunity” to re-shape future rural policy and funding.

Alongside, Mr Gove also called for a closer look at key detail on the future role of forestry in the countryside.

Stuart Goodall, Confor’s Chief Executive, said: “Confor welcomes Michael Gove’s vision for a move away from direct payments to farmers to a new environmental land management system – as long as this provides a level playing field for forest management. This approach should support new tree planting, although it is unclear whether existing woodland will benefit.”

The Government’s much talked about proposals would see money shift from direct payments under the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), which are based on the amount of land farmed, to a new system of paying farmers “public money for public goods” – such as enhancing the environment and investing in sustainable food production.

There is a 10-week consultation period on the new moves (which ends on 8 May) – the link to the document is here. and Mr Goodall urged the forestry and wood processing industry to take part.

“This is potentially a once-in-a-generation consultation and it is important that businesses in the sector make their views known.

Confor will share its views in the coming weeks -but a central plank of our thinking, as outlined in our Common Countryside Policy, is that all rural interests must be treated fairly. We need a blueprint which supports the whole countryside, including forestry.”


The Government will continue to commit the same cash total in funds for support until the end of this Parliament in 2022.

Its paper –Health and Harmony: The Future for Food, Farming and the Environment in a Green Brexit sets out proposals for an ‘agricultural transition’ lasting an unspecified number of years beyond the implementation period during which direct payments would continue. This will provide “stability and certainty for farmers as they prepare for the new system”, the Government says.

It claims that reductions to direct payments (to the largest landowners first) could free up around £150 million in the first year of the agricultural transition period, which could be used to boost farmers delivering environmental enhancement and other public goods.


Timber industry – key contributor to low carbon economy say CTI

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The UK Timber Industry can help bring about a stronger new, longer-lasting, low-carbon economy model for the future.

That’s what the Confederation of Timber Industries highlights in its recently produced brief response to the Clean Growth Strategy policy paper released by the UK Government.

The CTI’s response highlights the fact that Timber has an established supply chain with huge potential for rapid growth.

This is very much a situation, claim the CTI, that can help the UK meet employment, economic and housing targets, whilst also delivering against low-carbon and climate change objectives.

These key ‘deliverables’ are:-

Timber is one of the safest and cheapest forms of carbon capture and storage available.

The UK Timber Industry employs 150,000 people in the manufacturing and supply chain and an additional 200,000 UK construction jobs (and a third of construction apprenticeships) are in wood related trades.

The forestry and timber industry is a key part of our environmental and industrial heritage and a vital part of our low-carbon future.

Timber products have the lowest embodied carbon of any mainstream building material.

Timber product manufacturing has significant potential to reduce the Emissions Intensity Ratio (EIR).

The full detail of the response – freely downloadable here is structured in 6 key areas providing useful data and insights on relevant themes such as timber in construction, forestry, carbon storage, production processes and so on.

For any comments or suggestions, please send an email to

NEPCon to stage legal timber Conference in March

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A conference to highlight key timber operating industry issues is to be staged next month at the Living Planet Centre, Woking, Surrey.

Staged by it is scheduled for March 15th the Event is designed to shed light on a wide set of key issues in the Timber Trade Industry

The event is designed to shed light on a wide set of key issues in the Timber Trade Industry such as:-

Avoiding common due diligence pitfalls

Access to insights on key risks and how to deal with them

Understanding how the enforcement authorities evaluate your performance

Understanding how conducting quality due diligence makes good business sense

Communicating about FLEGT-licensed timber

Promoting companies’ compliance

Gaining an overview of the vast jungle of free info and tools available and how to use them

Planning for future sourcing

Understanding how technological advances in timber traceability and verification can help improve the efficiency and credibility of due diligence systems

Connection and exchange experiences with timber-related companies, trade associations, technical experts and relevant organisations from across Europe

Say the organisers, “”It’s been almost five years since the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) came into force and things are looking quite different to how they did then.

Enforcement authorities are stepping up their game all over Europe, a lot of new information and tools are available from all kinds of sources and FLEGT licensed timber is now available on the market.

Nonetheless, living up to the EUTR requirements is still a challenge for companies across Europe. Therefore NEPCon would like to offer the industry, authorities as well as other stakeholders the opportunity to participate in a free international conference on 15th of March near London.”

To register for the event, complete the online form here.

For any queries, you can contact Ann Weddle on or 07491 812337.

View the event on CTI Industry Calendar