Timber championed in the North East with WoodFest Newcastle

The North East will celebrate everything built with wood as the first WoodFest comes to Newcastle in December, with an exciting line-up of events organised by the UK timber industry’s campaign, Wood for Good together with regional partners.

Wood for good logoThe North East will celebrate everything built with wood as the first WoodFest comes to Newcastle in December, with an exciting line-up of events organised by the UK timber industry’s campaign, Wood for Good together with regional partners.

WoodFest Newcastle will bring together architects, engineers, placemakers, planners, developers, contractors, politicians and local businesses specialising in timber to promote the innovative and striking ways that wood can be used in the built environment in the North East.

Each event is a chance to learn and share about the use of timber in architecture, particularly around health and wellbeing and offsite construction. It provides a platform to discover what’s happening in the region and to be inspired by timber design.

The week begins with a behind-the-scenes tour of wood-based materials manufacturer, Egger’s site in Hexham on 10 December which is almost sold out already.

Healthy Buildings / Healthy Cities take centre-stage in the evening. Taking place at Cooper’s Studios, in Newcastle, the event will focus on design and delivery of healthy buildings and the role of placemaking, specifically looking at new kite marks and home concepts for healthy buildings – light, space, material choice - as well as green and living infrastructure.

A site visit to the unique self-build home, Shawm House, takes place on 11 December. Designed by Newcastle-based MawsonKerr Architects, the timber home won four regional RIBA awards, a national RIBA award and was shortlisted for Grand Designs ‘House of the Year’ in 2017. This is a rare opportunity to hear the homeowner’s story and experience the house for yourself.

Offsite construction steals the show on 12 December with an evening seminar debating whether modern methods of construction are the future for homes in the North East. Hosted by Ryder at Cooper’s Studios, an expert panel will explore Homes England’s strategic plan incorporating offsite construction and will ask if it’s the silver bullet to deliver much-needed homes.

Taking place throughout the week is an exhibition at Cooper’s Studios, exploring healthy building design and the use of modern methods of construction through 15 award-winning projects. ‘Health, Wellbeing and the Offsite Revolution’ is open daily during office hours from 10-14 December.

The grande finale for WoodFest Newcastle is the Superwood Conference on Friday 14 December at Northumbria University, hosted by Confor. Looking at how forestry and timber can drive a low carbon economy, the conversation will explore the opportunities for increasing forestry in the North East and the lessons that can be learned from Scotland.

Information on all events can be found here

Christiane Lellig is Campaign Director of Wood for Good