Woodfest arrives in the Midlands

Woodfest arrives in the Midlands

Wood for Good is hosting its next WoodFest event across the Midlands this autumn, with a focus on housing, offsite construction and sustainability

Timber design and construction is set to feature across the Midlands this autumn. WoodFest Midlands features conferences, exhibitions, site visits, seminars, CPDs, design challenges and debates to celebrate the use of timber in construction.

Organised by the UK timber industry’s campaign, Wood for Good, WoodFest is a series of events designed to bring together industry professionals to explore what forestry and timber can do in the region.

Christiane Lellig, Campaign Director for Wood for Good said: “With a focus on offsite construction, housing and sustainability, WoodFest Midlands promises to offer a fantastic opportunity to bring all those involved with the built environment to explore what can be achieved when we work together.

“Each event is a chance to learn and share about the use of timber in architecture and provides a platform to discover what’s happening in the region and to be inspired by timber design.”

Amongst the events…
Open to the public later in the year, visitors are invited to explore De Montford University’s ‘micro-living project’ – a 15m2 sustainable living pod built with wood. The self-build pod will be demountable, extendible, accessible and built from sustainable materials. It has been designed by a group of 3rd year architecture students with support from industry experts Hanson, Jeld-Wen, timber industry body TRADA, engineering consultant Dominic Pask, RG+P Architects and Leicester City Council. Live Build projects and events will also take place at Nottingham University.

RIBA East Midlands is hosting a series of CPD seminars including designing inclusive environments for the future and sustainable design solutions. The RIBA Great British Buildings series will visit the timber-panelled Nevill Holt Opera in Leicester and the award-winning timber-built Teaching and Learning Building at the University of Nottingham.

Hosted by the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, the RIBA Research Matters conference takes place on 17-18 October at the Nottingham Jubilee Campus. The programme includes case studies and research featuring a selection of award-winning wooden buildings.

Taking place at the NEC on 22 October is Modular Matters which will show how modular construction can be used for a variety of applications from education, leisure through to housing.

WoodFest Midlands partners include: Constructing Excellence Midlands, James Latham, The National Forest, RIBA and TRADA. WoodFest Midlands follows three successful WoodFests in Newcastle, Sheffield and Reading.

Book a place at any of the WoodFest Midlands events here.

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