Smith and Wallwork presented on glulam hybrid construction at the Building Centre in London today.

The talk focused on how engineered timber, in particular glulam, could be combined with steel or concrete to create hybrid structures. Examples of timber hybrid bicycle wheels, footbridges, roofs and buildings were all presented as well as a study on the comparative strength and stiffness of timber, steel and concrete. Through analysis of the key material properties our talk finished by speculating an ideal glulam hybrid that could be used to build the new Google HQ at Kings Cross.

Other speakers on the subject were ARUP, B&K, Wiehag and Mathis. All presented timber project case studies ranging from artwork through to timber concrete composite frames for a government building in Paris.

More on the TTF Engineered Timber Series can be found here.

A copy of the Smith and Wallwork presentation can be found here.