Timber Development UK

Establishing the largest, most comprehensive supply chain body for timber in the UK - connecting and inspiring more than 1,500 organisations to build a better world through wood

TDUK timber structure

Timber Development UK was formed by the merger of two of the largest and longest-established organisations in the timber industry: the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) and the Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA). It has now created a single supply chain organisation to promote all types of business in the supply chain, from sawmill to specifier.

Building a new voice in timber

Looking to capitalise on growing interest in designing with timber, Timber Development UK acts an agent of change towards more sustainable, low carbon forms of construction.

It needed a knowledgeable, ideas-driven consultancy to help it become a ‘content creation engine’ to support suppliers and designers and to reach target audiences. So LMC was appointed in 2022 to establish the new TDUK brand around launch, to communicate the organisation’s story and to motivate its membership across timber importers, merchants, manufacturers, architects, designers, engineers, installers, contractors and trades.

Our work focused on:

  • Managing the TDUK press office, targeting priority media with comment, articles and releases
  • A journalist contact programme for TDUK's spokespeople
  • Creating detailed technical reports and case studies
  • Developing collaborative communications campaigns with universities and industry organisations, with authoritative joint content
  • Organising TDUK events and speaker programmes at industry events such as Futurebuild and Timber Expo
TDUK UKCW stand 2022
LMC helped to launch Timber Development UK at UK Construction Week in October 2022, including organising three days of presentations and keynote speakers


  • 183 pieces of media coverage in the first six months

    including coverage on the BBC for TDUK's design challenge

    Significant political support

    for the TDUK's campaign promoting the assessment of embodied energy in buildings

  • 1,700 shares of TDUK's online media coverage

    via readers' own social media accounts, generating an additional 113k coverage views

    986,000 estimated readers of TDUK's print media coverage in 2022

    plus 540,000 online coverage views - genuine editorial, not paid-for coverage

Nov 2022 pbctoday is it time for timber to go mainstream in uk construction
Sept oct 2022 offsite collaborating for net zero
July 2022 structural timber magazine new strategic partnership to set timber skills agenda

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