TRADA's University Challenge 2020

Arnold Laver are a proud sponsor of TRADA’s University Challenge 2020.


TRADA’s University Challenge 2020 will ask students to design sustainable community housing from timber in multi-disciplinary groups of six.


60 students from universities across the UK will descend on Cardiff University for an intense ‘charrette style’ challenge 17–19 February 2020. The students will form 10 multi-disciplinary teams to compete for generous cash prizes and the prestige of winning the TRADA University Challenge.


The competition, which brings together final year undergraduate students of architecture, architectural technology, engineering, quantity surveying and landscape architecture related courses, is about creating opportunities for students to interact with timber industry forerunners and design professionals while gaining valuable practical experience.


The Challenge


“Climate emergency” is the Oxford Dictionaries’ 2019 Word of the Year following a year of climate strikes (including the largest in history), mass civil disobedience, Architects Declare, reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and calls from Sir David Attenborough for action. Ultimately, the race is now on to reach carbon zero by 2050, if not before.


Every industry has its role to play and construction has its own challenges. For TRADA, who has long played an independent educational role within the timber industry, this means getting the word out about the benefits of timber as far as we can – from those of us already in practice to those among us just starting out.


This is the thinking behind the TRADA University Challenge 2020 brief, which will ask students to design timber community housing that is low-carbon, energy and water efficient, climate resilient, healthy and desirable. These students are our professionals of the future who will design, engineer, cost and construct our built environment that is required to be zero carbon in the future.


Patrick Guest, Managing Director of Arnold Laver said: ‘Having previously supported the TRADA University Challenge, we are proud to be associated with the event again in 2020. We recognise that this is a great initiative and a real opportunity to promote the use of timber in the construction industry. As one of the UK’s leading suppliers of timber and timber-based products, we are committed to helping educate all stakeholders including designers, architects and engineers of tomorrow. Timber is the ideal building material for modern methods of construction and our supply chain is very supportive when it comes to driving innovation. If we can get our customers of the future to be as engaged and enthusiastic about timber as we are, then more people will have a ‘wood-first’ approach when thinking about construction products.’  



The Wood Awards

Arnold Laver are proud to support the Wood Awards, whose aim is to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation in wood and wood products.


The 2020 winners of the annual Wood Awards have been announced. The judges have selected six structures and three products that represent the best of British architecture and product design in wood. This year’s Small Project winner is Wooden Roof, with Accoya and ash supplied by Arnold Laver.


The Gold Award, 2018 was won by Storey’s Field Centre & Eddington Nursery.




The Sheffield Children's Hospital

We are supporting The Sheffield Children’s Hospital and we are hoping to raise money for this great cause through planned staff events throughout the year.


Although based in Sheffield, The Children’s NHS Foundation Trust is a national charity and one of only four dedicated children’s hospital trusts in the UK. It provides integrated healthcare for children and young people from across Britain, including community and mental health care as well as acute and specialist services.



Nuneaton Borough Football Club

Provision of timber for the refurbishment of the changing rooms, plus sponsorship of the under 13’s football kit


Date: Sept 2020

Branch: Coventry


Thurgoland Welfare FC Sponorship

Arnold Laver were proud to help sponsor Thurgoland Welfare FC. (Thurgoland is a small village near Penistone)


Arnold Laver contributed £500 towards the £800 cost of tracksuits for 22 players.


Wakefield Jets U10's Eagle's Sponsorship

Arnold Laver are proud to help sponsor Wakefield Jets U10’s Eagle’s football team.


The kit is reversible so for home games it is blue and for away it is white / grey. This sponsorship will last for this year and next season!