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Timber in Construction Hybrid timber and steel structure delivers for Perth High School Ochil Timber Products has completed a £326,700 contract for the design, manufacture, supply and erection of SpaceStud timber frame walls, and SpaceRafter and trussed rafter roof structures, for the new sports hall and changing areas at Perth High School in Scotland. The design specified a hybrid steel and timber frame structure, with the main 35m x 20m x 12m high steel frame delivering the height and spans required for the sports hall, while highly insulated SpaceStud timber frame wall panels delivered the hall’s energy efficient internal structure. The adjacent changing areas were also built with 600m2 of SpaceStud for the walls, and SpaceRafter and trussed rafters were used in the flat and mono pitch roof covering this area. Working with main contractor Morrison Construction, Ochil’s managing director Andrew McAree said: “The specification of SpaceStud enabled us to manufacture highperformance stud walls of sufficient length to fit snugly into the steel frame, and by using top-hung SpaceRafters for the roof over the adjacent changing rooms area, we were able to save the clients both time and money.” n From erecting a timber kit onsite and putting the ground floor wood panels in to creating the first floors, upstairs wall panels and putting the roof on, we can build a standard three-bedroom home in a day Barry Ranum manufacturers in the UK. Due to increased demand the firm recently reopened its Seaham offsite construction plant in County Durham and also has another prefabrication factory in Elgin, Scotland. Having completed projects on the Shetland Islands and the Isle of Wight, Robertson Timber Engineering has built a number of Travelodges and schools, including Redwell Primary in West Alloa, using timber frame, and Ranum believes firms are embracing the natural resource in order to beat the housing and skills crisis. “The speed of build is a massive advantage,” he says. “We offer an open panel system or a closed panel system with the insulation built into the walls. So we can pre-insulate at the factory which takes the labour away from site.” However, despite its recent revival, Ranum believes more education is needed if timber is to truly rival concrete and steel as the preferred building material. “Brick and block has been the way we’ve been building for many years so architect schools need to put more emphasis on building with timber for the industry to really take off,” he says. n INDUSTRY GIANTS FLOCK TO UK CONSTRUCTION WEEK Preparations for the year’s biggest construction event UK Construction Week are going from strength to strength as a raft of top industry names are added to the line-up at the Birmingham NEC this October. From SME to national house builder, the Build Show promises to have something for everyone. Already signed up to exhibit are some of the biggest names in construction with leading sector organisations entering into exciting new partnerships to further facilitate business and learning at the show as well. One such partnership can be seen with the announcement of the Builders Merchant Federation (BMF) Pavilion. Designed to offer a specific platform for merchants and suppliers to meet and do business, the BMF Pavilion is not to be missed by those wanting to make the most of the show. Equally, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) has pledged its support to a dedicated roofing section of the show. James Talman, NFRC Chief Executive, said: “The exhibition provides www.builderandengineer.24 our sector with a great platform for our members and ourselves to engage with stakeholders across the whole spectrum of the industry. We look forward to fully contributing with advice and in debates during the week.” Some of the other most recognisable names exhibiting at the show are Caterpillar Inc., JCB, Swiftec and Screwfix. Civils Expo has also seen a surge in interest from some of the sector’s biggest names. Showing its commitment to the event early on, world-renowned building materials company CEMEX was amongst the first to rebook for the 2016 expo following a very successful first year. With an exciting new concrete product to launch during the show, CEMEX will also be running a number of interactive competitions across the three-day event. Civils Expo will also provide a great opportunity to learn more about some of the UK’s most impressive infrastructure projects including the Tideway Tunnel. At its stand, visitors will be able to explore the site virtually using a 3D augmented reality model and interactive tablets. Tideway will also be showing a detailed construction animation timeline and aerial overviews of the project. Nathan Garnett, Show Director at Media 10 – the organisers of UK Construction Week, commented: “We’re delighted by the number of high-profile exhibitors who will be showcasing products at this year’s event. We expect there to be around 10,000 products and services on display at this year’s event. It doesn’t matter what your role or status is within the sector there’s sure to be something here for you!” UK Construction Week combines nine shows in one location. Visitors are able to attend Timber Expo, the Build Show, Civils Expo, the Surface and Materials Show, Energy 2016, Plant & Machinery Live, HVAC 2016, Smart Buildings 2016 and Grand Designs Live. PART OF 18 – 20 OCTOBER 2016 | NEC BIRMINGHAM For more information about UK Construction Week or to register to attend for free, please visit

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