WOOD AWARDS 2014 – from strength to strength


The Globe Theatre 2014 Allies and Morrison (c) Nick Gutteridge

The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, at Shakepeare’s Globe Theatre, London, by McCurdy & Co using English and European oak (c) Nick Guttridge

The national Wood Awards recently closed its call for entries with an impressive 262 individual architecture and furniture entries. Located across the whole of the UK, the projects entered use a vast range of wood species, treatments, innovations and timber products, and early feedback from the judges indicate that it is not only a bumper crop, but one of excellent quality, making for another fascinating competition.

Ty Oriel, Cardiff by Downs Merrifield Architects (c) Rob Boltman

Ty Oriel, Cardiff by Downs Merrifield Architects (c) Rob Boltman

The Wood Awards independent judging panel now has the challenging task of selecting a shortlist of projects which will be visited in person over the summer, before the eventual winners are announced in November.

As the UK’s premier award scheme with over 40 years of supporting excellence in the world’s only naturally sustainable material, the not-for-profit competition is the flagship for wood in the best of British architecture, furniture and design.

Mobile Orchard, UK tour by Atmos Studio. This inhabitable public art installation commissioned by the City of London Festival was created from parallel laminated slices of 4mm birch plywood. © Alex Haw

Mobile Orchard, UK tour by Atmos Studio. This inhabitable public art installation commissioned by the City of London Festival was created from parallel laminated slices of 4mm birch plywood. © Alex Haw

Bangor Aurora Aquatic & Leisure Complex, Northern Ireland, was designed by McAdam Design with PEFC spruce softwood glulam beams from Austrian timber engineers Weihag GmbH. With a roof area of 11,480m2 and containing over 1,500m3 of glulam timber, by volume of timber this is currently the largest timber roof structure in the UK. The project achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating.

Bangor Aurora Aquatic & Leisure Complex, Northern Ireland, was designed by McAdam Design with PEFC spruce softwood glulam beams from Austrian timber engineers Weihag GmbH. With a roof area of 11,480m2 and containing over 1,500m3 of glulam timber, by volume of timber this is currently the largest timber roof structure in the UK. The project achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating.

The Wood Awards is only made possible by the major sponsorship of the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), the Carpenters’ Company, TRADA and Wood for Good. Other sponsors include American Softwoods, BRE and the Forestry Commission. New from 2014 is the combined sponsorship of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and the Malaysian Timber Council (MTC) and the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) as a supporter. The Wood Awards Gold Award is sponsored by Arnold Laver.

For more information and regular updates, visit www.woodawards.com.

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  1. Love these. Shared the picture on our Facebook page. (with a link to your blog of course) Great content.

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