The Best of British Design and Craftsmanship in Wood: Shortlist Announced for The 2015 Wood Awards

Buildings Competition

Twenty outstanding British buildings have been nominated for The Wood Awards 2015 shortlist, featuring some of the UK’s best architectural designs in wood. Led by architect, Giles Downes, the judges reviewed applications in a variety of categories including: Commercial & Leisure, Education & Public Sector, Existing Buildings, Interiors, Private and Small Projects. All of the shortlisted projects will be showcased at 100% Design stand L722,  23rd-26th September at London Olympia. The final winners will be revealed by host Tom Dyckhoff at the 44th annual Wood Awards ceremony at Carpenters’ Hall on 10th November.

The Wood Awards are the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in the world’s only naturally sustainable material. The Awards aim to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design,craftsmanship and installation using wood.

Michael Morrison,who returns as Chairman of judges for the rest of the year, comments:

“With so many excellent projects, the most difficult part of the judging is the shortlisting.However,once the shortlisting is completed the most interesting part of the process begins with every project receiving a visit from at least two of the judges. The visits are a real pleasure enabling the judges to see the terrific use that is being made of timber,the high quality designs and the excellence of craftsmanship which is on display.”



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Architect: Arup Associates

Structural Engineer:Arup Associates, Eugenuiti

Main Contractor/Builder: Mace

Timber Frame Supplier: B & K Structures

Interior Joinery: Taylor Made Joinery Interiors Limited

Wood Supplier: Rubner Holzbau GmbH, Binderhol

Client/Owner: BskyB

Wood Species: Austrian Spruce, Birch from Sweden and Finland,

British Oak

BSkyB’s new educational facility for graduates, apprentices and staff training,was designed to reflect the company’s sustainable aspirations. The 3,000m² development is a four-storey, open-plan commercial structure in the UK and one of very few multi-storey timber offices in the world.

The building was designed and constructed in less than one yea. Solid timber and timber cassettes were the optimum rapid and sustainable solution as it eliminates the requirement for wet trade onsite and therefore an accelerated programme of work was achievable. The timber cassettes delivered the low thermal resistance and high air tightness that the structure demanded to meet the challenging design brief. The system took the form of a glulam frame with visible grade CLT panels providing core stability to the walls and floor.


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Architect: Foster+Partners

Structural Engineer: Wiehag, Seele, Arup Associates

Main Contractor/Builder: Canary Wharf Contactors

Landscape Consultant: Gillespies

Wood Supplier: Wiehag

Client/Owner: Canary Wharf Group

Wood Species: Spruce

Foster+Partners were commissioned to design a mixed-use scheme encompassing the over-ground element of a new station of the Crossrail project at Canary Wharf. The design is characterised by a landscaped, sheltered park on the roof, accessible from ground level by connecting bridges.

Wrapping over the lower concrete superstructure, this 300 metre-long timber lattice opens in the centre to draw in light and rain from natural irrigation.

Four levels of shops, cafes and amenities sit above the underground station,the arcade making use of natural light to minimise energy consumption and welcome people into the building. When open at night, the park will be lit, illuminating the timber lattice from below and creating a welcoming glow through its ETFE outer skin.Timber was first proposed as an appropriate material to enclose the park due to its organic nature,strength and adaptability.


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Architect: Howard MillerDesign

Structural Engineer: Materian Ltd.

Main Contractor/Builder: H.MillerBros.

Joinery Company: Hugh Miller Furniture

Wood Supplier: Materian Ltd.

Client/Owner: Constellations

Wood Species: Welsh Green Oak, TR26 Softwood

Roofing Timber, OSB3Boards.

Constellations Bar is an outdoor venue that occupies a disused industrial recycling yard and consists of a bar,food truck,art space and community garden.Brothers Hugh and Howard Miller,a furniture maker and a practicing architect, collaborated on this project to rekindle the Arts & Crafts ideal of gesantkunsterk, a ‘totalworkofart’.

The canopy and all other components were prefabricated in the H. Miller Bros. workshop and erected on site in three days.The waffle soffit was built from construction timber planed down to remove rounded edges and grade markings.

The structure is supported by a set of ten green oak quadra-pods,double AS frame supports that carry the load of the canopy via glulam beams. Each quadra-pod is incorporated into bench seating or a table.The courtyard garden is populated by movable green oak furniture allowing the space to be reconfigured to accommodate the rolling program of art events ,performances,cinema screenings and a market.


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Architect: Malcolm Fraser Architects


Main Contractor/Builder: Balfour Beatty

Wood Supplier: Stora Enso, Lignotrend, Russwood,


Client/Owner: University of Edinburgh

Wood Species: Austrian Spruce, Siberian Larch, ScottishLarch

Built for the University of Edinburgh, Arcadia Nursery was conceived as a floating, lightweight structure that could be built within a restricted site. The CLT structure creates a warm,tactile interior whilst achieving clear roof volumes that ensure the mezzanine spaces are not compromised.Timber acoustic ceilings soften the sound and aesthetic of each playroom. Timber cladding and wood fibre insulation envelops the building. Timber-decks, walkways, feature fences and play features are used throughout.

The nursery has been designed to be a very low energy building. The design stage BREEAM assessment achieved a high score of82.2 percent with material and pollutions sections achieving a score of 100 percent.


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Location: Blandford Forum, Dorset

Architect: Hopkins Architects

Structural Engineer: Expedition Engineering Ltd.

MainContractor/Builder: Midas

JoineryCompany: InputJoinery

Environmental/M&E Engineers: AECOM

Acoustic Engineers: Gilleron Scott Acoustic Design

Wood Supplier:Gariff Construction Ltd

Client/Owner: Bryanston School

Wood Species: Douglas Fir,AmericanWhite Oak,Spruce

The new Tom Wheare Music School, part of Bryanston School in Dorset has been constructed of brick and wood to establish a visual dialogue with nearby buildings.

Robust and sustainable Douglas fir has been used externally as framing for most windows and as part of the large integrated panels below the windows.A timber-treaded stair links the building’s three levels. The lower ground floor houses various music rooms that open directly onto the courtyard which feature spruce glulam timber posts and ceiling beams infilled with timber panels.

Timber is a prominent feature in the 300-seat Auditorium where it is used on most exposed surfaces to create a warm,inviting and acoustically appropriate environment.American white oak flooring,wall and ceiling panels join with specially designed oak acoustic panels that can be individually adjusted to improve acoustic performance in the space. Spruce glulam timber beams support the roof and timber backs are used on the fixed seating within the space.


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Location: Keynsham,Somerset

Architect: AHR


Main Contractor/Builder: Willmott Dixon Construction

Structural Frame Contactor:B&K Structures

Wood Supplier:Junckers,Krone

Client/Owner: Bath and North East Somerset Council

Wood Species: Spruce,Oak

Keynsham Civic Centre and One Stop Shop for Bath and North East Somerset Council consists of 68,000 sqft council offices.In addition to proving the Council with high quality offices the project is on course to be one of the lowest energy consuming public buildings in the UK and is almost carbon neutral.

An innovative hybrid structural frame was developed consisting of steel portal frames with a CLT frame.The floor slabs area 50/50 mix of CLT and precast concrete.Natural ventilation on a noisy site was achieved by an innovative window system. The team needed to incorporate a 150mm deep acoustic louvre into the vents that was only possible with that timber composite window.

Oak is utilised extensively throughout the building, particularly in the reception area where a 5m high-slatted oak wall has been installed that provides acoustic absorption and creates display spaces.

Oak Junkers raised flooring has been installed in all circulation spaces and the large communal breakout cafe space.The extensive use of exposed spruce structure and solid oak detailing creates a feeling of calm and warmth in the office environment.


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Architect: WilkinsonEyreArchitects

StructuralEngineer:Alan Baxter Associates,Mensawood

MainContractor/Builder: Jackson’s Building Contactors

MEP Engineers: KJ Tait Engineers

WoodSupplier:Merk Timber

Client/Owner: Maggie’s

Wood Species: Norway Spruce,White Fir,Scots Pine, European Larch, Douglas Fir, Swiss Stone Pine, European Oak, Birch Plywood, Scandinavian Kiln Dried, Softwood Thermowood

Inspired by the concept of a tree house,the Maggie’s Oxford Centre, which offers free practical, emotional and social for people with cancer and their family and friends, floats amongst the trees on the edge of the Churchill Hospital, Oxford. The building’s structure is entirely fabricated from engineered timber. The building utilises a range of crossply laminated timber materials. This combination enables the building to appear to float above the ground towards the tree canopies.

The CLT panel floor supported on glulam beams forms the elevated base of the building and provides a robust perimeter edge for the connection of level access balconies and the timber clad pedestrian bridge to the road. A folding three-dimensional lightweight roof fabricated using Kerto LVL