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Showing posts with label Timber Conference. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Timber Conference. Show all posts

Friday, 30 September 2011

Timber Conference Speaker Profile: Mike Glennon

Mike Glennon discusses "Using Home Grown Timber" at the PLACE & Wood NI conference on Wednesday 12th October: Timber Construction & Design in Northern Ireland - Using Sustainable and Renewable Materials.


Above: Mike Glennon of Glennon Brothers

Mike Glennon is joint managing director of Glennon Brothers and has over 25 years experience in the timber trade, having joined the company in 1985. Along with his brother, Pat, he oversees this third generation, family business, with a turnover in excess of €85m and employing over 340 people directly. Glennon Brothers provides a wide range of timber products, offering its customers a ‘one-stop shop’ for sawn softwood in the British Isles.

In October 2009, Glennon Brothers became the first sawmill in Ireland or the UK to supply timber to France. In 2010, Mike and Pat were named Industry Entrepreneurs of the Year at the Ernst & Young Ireland Entrepreneur of the Year awards.

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Thursday, 29 September 2011

More support needed for local timber and renewable products, says leading architect

A former Professor of Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast has called on leading bodies to support the local timber industry. Tom Woolley feels that timber buildings are less common in Northern Ireland than elsewhere because there is ignorance about the merits of timber among architects and the wider construction industry.

Above: Professor Tom Woolley
“Timber construction is more more sustainable and environmentally friendly than cement and concrete”, says Tom Woolley, who was Professor at QUB between 1991 and 2007. “Concrete has been unfairly subsidised due to the Aggregates Levy Credit Scheme, which is now coming to an end. More support should be given to local timber and the renewable products which are now available to use.”

“The Northern Ireland Construction Industry Group does a good job promoting the interests of cement and concrete, as well as the wider construction industry - but has not done enough on the sustainability agenda,” says Professor Woolley. “The Quarry Products Association acts as a secretariat to the Northern Ireland Assembly Construction Group. MLAs need to know more about the benefits of timber.”

Professor Woolley will chair an upcoming conference organised by PLACE Architecture Centre and Wood-NI on 12th October at the Ulster Hall, exploring the future of timber construction in Northern Ireland.

“Our aim is to bring all the different people with an interest in timber frame buildings and wood based products to strengthen knowledge and support for the design, aesthetic, health and environmental benefits of wood,” says Professor Woolley.

The conference will feature speakers including prominent architects Glenn Howells and John Gilbert, who have designed many innovative timber frame buildings in England and Scotland. Delegates will also be given a policy briefing by the Forest Service.

Other speakers will highlight case studies of timber buildings in Ireland and Northern Ireland and show examples of innovative and sustainable timber products, materials and construction methods. These will feature the new Tesco store in Newtownards and several low energy housing projects. The conference is organised by PLACE Architecture Centre in conjunction with WoodNI and has been sponsored by a number of key organisations.

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- Download the conference flyer [PDF, 80kb]

- PLACE & Wood-NI: Timber Construction & Design in Northern Ireland conference

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Timber Conference Speaker Profile: Glenn Howells


Architect Glenn Howells gives the keynote presentation at the PLACE & Wood NI conference on Wednesday 12th October: Timber Construction & Design in Northern Ireland - Using Sustainable and Renewable Materials. His presentation will focus on innovative timber projects in England.

Above: Glenn Howells, keynote speaker at the PLACE & Wood NI Timber Conference on 12th October
Glenn Howells is the founding director of Glenn Howells Architects and established the practice in 1990.  Glenn has led the practice to win numerous major design competitions and awards for a diverse range of building types including residential, commercial, urban regeneration, education and arts projects.

Glenn is on CABE's LOCOG Design Review Panel (The London Organising Committee of Olympic Games). He is Chair of MADE (Midlands Architecture and the Designed Environment) and also Chair of the IKON Gallery in Birmingham.  Glenn advises Birmingham City Council and is an ambassador for the West Midlands.  He sits on the Warwick University Board and is Chair of the Warwick University Building Committee.

Above: The Downland Grid Shell building by Glenn Howells Architects
In the academic field, Glenn is a visiting Professor at Nottingham Trent University, an external examiner at Sheffield Hallam University and a lecturer at the Centre of Alternative Technology in Wales.  He was previously an external examiner at the University of Nottingham and Queen's University, Belfast.


Download the conference flyer [PDF, 80kb]

Find out more and book your place: click here.