Winners of the 2018 Wood Awards revealed

The winners of the annual Wood Awards have been announced during a ceremony at Carpenters’ Hall in London, hosted by David Hopkins, director of the Timber Trade Federation.

Established in 1971 it is the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in the world’s only naturally sustainable material. The Wood Awards aims to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood.

This year’s buildings judging panel was led by three-time Gold Award winner Stephen Corbett of Green Oak Carpentry. The panel includes Andrew Lawrence, Arup; Adam Richards, Adam Richards Architects; Kirsten Haggart, Waugh Thistleton Architects; Nathan Wheatley, engenuiti; David Morley, David Morley Architects; Jim Greaves, Hopkins; and architectural journalist Ruth Slavid.

The furniture and product panel was led by design critic, curator and journalist Corinne Julius. The panel includes Oliver Stratford, editor of Disegno magazine; Russell Pinch of Pinch Design; Eleanor Lakelin, maker and winner of the 2017 Bespoke category; Katie Walker of Katie Walker Furniture; and Rod Wales of Wales & Wales.

Mears Group sponsors the Mears Group Gold Award which is the project that the judges deem to be the best of all the winners. Major sponsors include American Hardwood Export Council, Carpenters’ Company and TRADA. Other Sponsors include American Softwoods, Arnold Laver, Forestry Commission, Timber Trade Federation, Wood for Good, Furniture Makers’ Company and London Design Fair.

The winners are as follows:

Mears Group Gold Award Commercial & Leisure winner – Storey’s Field Centre & Eddington Nursery

  • Location: Cambridge
  • Architect: MUMA
  • Client/owner: University of Cambridge
  • Structural engineer: Aecom
  • Main contractor: Farrans Construction Ltd
  • Joinery: C W Fields, M Borley & Sons Joinery Ltd
  • Glulam structure: n’H International Ltd
  • Spiral stair: Spiral UK Ltd, David Gilbert Joinery Ltd Cedar
  • Shingle supplier: Marley Eternit
  • Wood supplier: Brooks Bros, D F Richards, James Latham
  • Wood species: American white ash, Canadian western red cedar, European oak, spruce

Education & Public Sector – Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre

  • Location: Oxford
  • Architect: Niall McLaughlin Architects
  • Client/owner: Worcester College
  • Structural engineer: Price & Myers
  • Main contractor: Beard Construction
  • Joinery: Barn 6
  • Furniture: Benchmark, David Colwell
  • Design timber flooring: Junckers
  • Wood supplier: Inwood Developments, Brooks Brothers Wood
  • Species: European oak, Siberian larch

Interiors – Royal Academy of Music Theatre and new recital hall

  • Location: London
  • Architect: Ian Ritchie Architects Ltd
  • Client/owner: Royal Academy of Music
  • Cost consultant: Equals Consulting
  • Structural engineer: WSP
  • Building services: Atelier Ten
  • Acoustic engineer: Arup
  • Stage theatre consultant: Fisher Dachs Associates
  • Lighting consultant: Ulrike Brandi Licht
  • Heritage consultant: Donald Insall Associates
  • Access consultant: Centre for Accessible Environments
  • Fire consultant: WSP Fire
  • Approved inspector: Approved Inspector Services Ltd
  • Client advisor: RISE
  • Main contractor: Geoffrey Osborne Ltd Joinery: James Johnson & Co. Ltd
  • Specialist theatre electrics & lighting: Push The Button
  • Wood supplier: Hardwood Sales Ltd, Brooks Bros Ltd, Lathams
  • Wood species: North American cherry, European oak

   Pic – Adam Scott

Private – Old Shed New House

  • Location: North Yorkshire
  • Architect: Tonkin Liu
  • Structural engineer: Rodrigues Associates
  • Main contractor: Vine House Construction
  • Joinery: Image Developments Northern Ltd
  • Wood supplier: Arnold Laver
  • Wood species: Siberian larch, Latvian birch, Scandinavian spruce

  Pic – Alex Peacock

Small Project – Look! Look! Look!

  • Location: Berrington Hall, Leominster Architect: Studio Morison
  • Artists: Ivan Morison, Heather Peak
  • Client/owner: The National Trust Structural Engineer: Artura
  • Wood supplier/CNC cutting: WUP Doodle
  • Wood species: Birch ply, Douglas fir



Structural Award – The Macallan Distillery & Visitor Experience

  • Location: Charlestown of Aberlour, Scotland
  • Architect: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
  • Client/owner: Edrington
  • Structural engineer: Arup
  • Main contractor: Robertson
  • Installation: L&S Baucon GmbH
  • Joinery/wood supplier: Wiehag
  • Wood species: Norway spruce

Judges’ Special Award – Woodland Classrooms, Belvue School

  • Location: Northolt
  • Architect: Studio Weave
  • Client/owner: Belvue School
  • Structural engineer: Timberwright
  • Main contractor: IMS Building Solutions
  • M&E consultant: Arup
  • Project managers: Jackson Coles Roofing
  • Sub-contractor: VMZinc
  • Wood supplier: T. Brewer
  • Wood species: Western red cedar (Canada)


Copyright Jim Stephenson 2018

Bespoke – CLEFT

  • Designer: Peter Marigold/Tadanori Tozawa
  • Maker: Hinoki Kougei
  • Represented by: Sarah Myerscough Gallery
  • Wood species: Smoked oak, oak, cherry, jindai sugi, ash, kenponashi, conker, kihada, sen (all Japanese)

Production – Ballot Chair

  • Designer: Barber & Osgerby
  • Manufacturer: Isokon Plus
  • Wood supplier: Timber Link International
  • Wood species: European oak (Germany)
Pic – Roy Gardiner

Student Designer – Objekt Bord

  • Designer: Ellen Svenningsen
  • College: Building Crafts College
  • Wood supplier: Slecuk
  • Wood species: British birch ply

Student Designer People’s Choice Award – Super Desk

  • Designer: Ben Smith
  • College: Building Crafts College
  • Wood supplier: Tyler Hardwoods
  • Wood species: British olive ash

Ben Smith has received £500 for winning the Student Designer People’s Choice Award. Voting took place at London Design Fair.



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