Category Archives: Timber & Timber Frames


When specialist timber was required to complete the RIBA Award-winning Rossall Point Observation Tower in Fleetwood, cladding from merchant Howarth Timber and Building Supplies was specified.

The tower, on the Lancashire coast, is owned by Wyre Borough Council and gives visitors the opportunity to learn about the coastal environment and enjoy the view over Morcambe Bay and the Irish Sea. It consists of an education facility, a bird watching facility and a base for the National Coastwatch Institution.


National builders’ merchant Howarth Timber and Building Supplies continues to make a splash in the community, after sponsoring a fishing event for people with disabilities in South Yorkshire.

The skills event, organised by the Masonic Fishing Charity (MTSFC), was held at the Delves fishery in Thorne and saw a group of volunteers team up with 15 people from the local area to take part in an angling competition.

QPSL are now able to offer Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and PEFC® Chain of Custody for Qwood™

QPSL, the UK’s original manufacturer of WPC window components, are now the first UK Company to offer chain of custody for both Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) FSC®-C121902 and PEFC® for their QWood™ brand.

QWood™ has been specially developed for timber casement and sash windows. The range includes head drip beads, glazing bars, parting beads, staff beads as well as glazing and drip beads with clips.

Accoya® clads popular visitor centre

World-leading wood product benefits renovation of Airfield Farm and Gardens

Accoya®, the world-leading modified wood product manufactured by Accsys Technologies, has been selected to provide timber doors, brise soleil shading and external timber cladding to a number of new facilities at Airfield, a popular urban visitor attraction in south Dublin, Ireland.

New products wrapped up!

The name Polyco Limited used to be known for producing just laminated windowboards for conservatory installations. Nowadays, we have branched out somewhat! Laminated windowboards are still a big feature, but in addition the range now features complementary skirting boards an architrave in popular section sizes and profiles in matching foils: White, Golden Oak, Light Oak, Mahogany and Rosewood.

Improved specification for Eastern White Cedar Shingles supplied by Cembrit

Cembrit imports Eastern White Cedar Shingles from Canada. The sawmills have for many years treated this natural roofing and cladding material to improve durability and have continued to improve the treatment process, increasing its effectiveness and removing toxins and solvents.

New ‘Style Guide’ By Mumford & Wood

Mumford & Wood, the award winning manufacturer of inspirational timber windows and doors, has released a new Style Guide brochure targeting architects, project managers, developers and home owners. This must-see brochure is a collection of the most beautiful projects in which Mumford & Wood’s products have been specified.

The perfect cladding solutions for those who ‘dare to be different’

ArborClad’s specialist range of high quality cladding, available exclusively through Howarth Timber and Building Supplies’ national network, has been expanded for 2014 and is the ideal solution for making a project stand out from the crowd.

The perfect option for both domestic and commercial application, ArborClad is committed to supplying the highest performance products that meet with the environmental demands of the marketplace.

Kebony wood selected for the world’s first Quiet Mark Treehouse

Kebony has been working with Blue Forest Luxury Treehouses, John Lewis and Quiet Mark to develop an ambitious tree home made from Kebony wood, the sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood. The Quiet Treehouse featured at the Ideal Home Show from 14th – 30th March 2014 at London’s Earls Court.

Grade II Listed Liverpool Road properties, London

Born in 1837, Samuel Lewis was to become famous and well respected throughout Great Britain as a financier and philanthropist. He began his working life at the age of thirteen, selling steel pens; later he opened a jeweller’s shop before becoming a financier and one of the country’s wealthiest men. Upon his death in 1901 he left an endowment of £670,000 (equivalent to £30m at today’s values) to set up a charitable trust to provide housing for the poor.

Wienerberger responds to the launch of Wood First Plus

John Sandford, Director of Sustainability comments on the launch of Wood First Plus, a database of comprehensive lifecycle assessment information for all main timber products which was launched on 7th April 2014.

On 7 April, Wood for Good officially launched Wood First Plus, a database of comprehensive lifecycle assessment information for all main timber products used in the UK. The database includes details of embodied and sequestered carbon as well as water footprint and other lifecycle impacts, on cradle to gate and cradle to grave analysis.

Mumford & Wood’s Conservation™ Box Sash Is BBA-BWF Compliant

Award-winning timber window manufacturer Mumford & Wood is proud to announce a U-value of 1.1 W/m²K for the market-leading Conservation™ box sash. This product is the highest specification window in the comprehensive range of traditional and contemporary-style sash windows, casements, bi-fold, French doorsets and entrance doors and is designed to directly retro-fit in place of original box sash windows in older properties, or to create a traditional appearance in new builds.

Howarth Timber introduces Twintrim range

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies has introduced the exclusive Twintrim range of reversible mouldings to its branch network as it continues to develop its comprehensive product portfolio.

The Twintrim range has been designed and manufactured by Howarth Timber to the highest standards of workmanship in softwood and hardwood and is available in classic or modern oak architrave, at 25mm thick and 75mm wide.

Proven Fire Protection For Timber

Lonza Wood Protection has just launched a brand new web site dedicated to its tried, tested and trusted fire retardant treatments for construction timbers and board materials –

Both DRICON and NON-COM Exterior treatments, with many years of proven performance, are pressure impregnated through a carefully controlled and Wood Protection Association approved process to provide an assured Euroclass B or C level of fire protection for a wide range of independently certified timber and plywood species.

Howarth Windows and Doors launches new brochure

Howarth Timber Windows and Doors has launched a new brochure designed to provide building professionals with a comprehensive overview of its leading product ranges.

The brochure is the definitive catalogue for specifiers and installers and features a comprehensive range of windows, doors and conservatories which combine the traditions of sustainable wood with the higher specification demands of the 21st century.

Cheltenham Ladies’ College

Replacement period-style timber windows and doors from Mumford & Wood’s award-winning Conservation™ range have been specified by architects Evans Jones LLP of Cheltenham in the refurbishment of junior boarding houses at Cheltenham Ladies’ College.

Residential, Chiltern Hills

High performance timber windows and doors by Mumford & Wood, the specialist manufacturer of traditional and contemporary-style fenestration systems, have been specified for a substantial country residence in rural Buckinghamshire.

Howarth continues to champion the environment

Award-winning merchant Howarth Timber and Building Supplies is continuing to invest in sustainability, having trained ‘Green Champions’ in each of its 28 branches across England.

The company, which opened the Howarth GreenHouse in Rochdale in 2012, has trained its Green Champions in all things sustainable and armed each of them with a 360-page ‘Green Bible’, incorporating relevant legislation, green initiatives and product detail.

Urban Front joins RIBA CPD Network with seminar entitled Specifying Hardwood Timber External Doorsets

We are pleased to announce that we have joined the RIBA CPD Network and our CPD seminar entitled Specifying Hardwood Timber External Doorsets is now available to architects and construction professionals.

Timber frame training dates announced

With the latest research showing that timber frame housing is set for significant growth in 2014, BM TRADA’s unveiling of the 2014 dates for its popular timber frame training courses couldn’t be more timely.

Lowest U-value on the market for Lomax + Wood’s timber sliding sash windows

Lomax + Wood is the first manufacturer to pass the post in achieving a U-value of 1.1 W/m²K for the Kensington & Chelsea timber sliding sash window. This applies to both traditional weights and pulleys, and spring balance forms of operation. The Kensington & Chelsea flush and stormproof casements achieve a U-value measurement of 1.2 W/m²K, while Kensington & Chelsea French doors perform with a highly satisfactory 1.4 W/m²K. In-house designers at Lomax + Wood continue to work on achieving even better performance.

Help Yourself To Mumford & Wood’s Technical CAD Drawing Library

A complete CAD drawing library featuring Mumford & Wood’s Conservation™ timber windows and doors can now be accessed on Here professionals will find every standard window and door design, with detailed options, and their use will ensure that only the most accurate files are incorporated in working drawings.

SeventySix Wardour, London

Mumford & Wood, the specialist manufacturer of period timber windows and doors, has been specified by main contractor Morgan Sindall Construction Group in the £85m restoration of an historical building, SeventySix Wardour, in its conversion to commercial office space in London W1.

Hospital, North West England

Innovative Iroko hardwood from Howarth Timber and Building Supplies has been specified for two stunning landscaped garden and courtyard areas at a hospital in the north west of England, bringing excellent aesthetics and durability to the external project.

James Jones Timber Systems supplies one of the UK’s largest cassette-built school roofs

Sandfields Primary School Port Talbot is one of the largest projects of its kind to have a roof built using roof cassettes. James Jones & Sons Ltd, Timber Systems Division, undertook the fabrication drawings for the project and supplied their UK manufactured, FSC registered JJI-Joists to cassette manufacturer NYT (North Yorkshire Timber) in 220mm, 350mm and 450mm sizes. NYT in turn produced 4000m2 of roof cassettes in varying lengths up to 12m, for roofing erectors and SIPS suppliers Hemsec Installations.

Refurbishment Project, Gloucestershire

Made-to-order timber windows by specialist manufacturer Lomax + Wood have been architecturally specified for an extensive refurbishment project in rural Gloucestershire.

Timbmet extended Oak Moulding range

Timbmet, a UK leading timber distributor, has updated and extended its range of kiln dried Engineered White Oak Mouldings.

New Timber Frame Q-Mark from BM Trada

BM Trada has launched a new Timber Frame Q-Mark certification scheme aimed at improving the quality and performance of timber frame used within the construction industry and helping manufacturers prepare for CE marking.

CPD highlights the beauty and benefits of Hunter Douglas Wood Ceilings

Hunter Douglas has received accreditation from RIBA for a CPD presentation entitled Wood Ceilings: The Beauty and Benefits.

Regent Arcade shopping Centre, Cheltenham

Timber sash windows by Mumford & Wood, the specialist manufacturer of period windows and door systems, have been incorporated in the renovation and remodelling of the Regent Arcade shopping Centre in Cheltenham. The year-long frontage redevelopment was delivered by main contractor Willmott Dixon for client Canada Life, and was part of a £20million makeover for the centre.