Monthly Archives: February 2019


The National Infrastructure Commission has launched a campaign to recruit members for its new Design Group, inviting champions of infrastructure design to play an important role in ensuring this issue is placed at the heart of major projects.

The Group was formed following recommendations in the UK’s first-ever National Infrastructure Assessment, which highlighted the benefits of good design and how if embedded into the culture of planning and delivering projects can lead to better outcomes for communities and improve quality of life.

Sadie, was instrumental in setting up the Group and will be its Chair, said “Putting design at the heart of projects has countless benefits, helping new infrastructure to enhance and enrich the lives of the communities it serves.

That’s what our Group is there to ensure – that designers have a seat at the table at every step in a project’s lifecycle.

Whether it’s engineers, architects, designers or ecologists, we’re looking for people who are passionate about good design and have the commitment, energy and enthusiasm needed to be real champions for this cause across the world of infrastructure.”

To apply you need to download a candidate pack from and submit your application by 5pm on Friday 15 March 2019.


Thank you to everyone who came to our Forest of Fabrication exhibition preview last week, we had a great night celebrating the opening with so many of our friends and collaborators.

The exhibition is now open to the public from Monday to Friday 9.00am – 6.00pm and Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm. We hope you enjoy the exhibition which features twenty-four of our projects that have pushed design boundaries through their exploration of the opportunities and challenges of timber structures. Please let us know what you think of the exhibition, why you love timber as a material or which model is your favourite, by posting a picture or including #ForestofFabrication on your tweets and posts.

There is an excellent events programme running in parallel with the exhibition, featuring the 2019 Wood Awards launch; ‘Build to Rent’ breakfast discussing modular solutions for the future; ‘The Architecture of Maggie’s‘ an evening with Charles Jencks, co-founder of Maggie’s Centres, in conversation with architects Alex de Rijke and Benedetta Tagliabue; half day symposium ‘Re-Imagining Timber’ featuring international designers and projects; ‘Ensuring Long – Term Performance of CLT‘ breakfast seminar on design requirements and maintenance of CLT buildings; ‘Tall Storeys from Scandinavia‘ an evening discussing building high with CLT in Sweden and Norway; ‘Business as Usual for CLT‘ half day conference examining the impacts of new legislation for tall buildings and five guided tours highlighting exhibition themes and key projects.  For more information and to book your place visit the Building Centre website.

Photography credit: Sue Barr