Wood Awards Shortlist 2020

Seventeen structures have been nominated for the Wood Awards 2020 with the shortlist recently unveiled during the London Design Festival.  Here is a snapshot of each building hoping to win a coveted Wood Award this year.

One of the key shortlisted project is the Stroud Christian Community Chapel, Stroud. The chapel follows the Christian Community’s design guidance for new churches: symmetry, lighting and movement along an east-west axis with the internal walls and roof being, paradoxically, calm but lively. The design is inspired by mediaeval cathedrals, where the internal form is derived from a

perfect fusion of ecclesiastical function and structural efficiency. The project uses CLT panels or ‘folded plates’ to create a pure, elegant internal form. The structural folded plates are elegantly proportioned and allow the smooth flow of forces from the vaulted ceiling to the ground. The load is shared with an arrangement of glulam ribs concealed above the CLT panels.

Client: The Christian Community

Architect: Nicolas Pople Architect

Structural engineer: Corbett & Tasker

Main contractor: Beard

Joinery & wood supplier: ZÜBLIN Timber GmbH

Species: spruce and fir (Germany)

For the complete feature read the Autumn issue of Timber Construction

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