Wood Awards 2017 shortlist announced

A shortlist of 20 structures have been nominated for the Wood Awards 2017, featuring some of Britain’s best architectural designs in wood.

The judging panel, led by architect Michael Morrison of Purcell, will visit all the shortlisted projects in person, and the winners will be revealed at the annual Wood Awards ceremony at Carpenters’ Hall, London on 21 November.

The projects selected for the shortlist demonstrate a wealth of innovative architectural designs that use wood as a primary material. Cross-laminated timber and glulam timber, steam-bent logs, repurposed wood, and timber cut by ‘computer numerical’ control feature among the many innovative techniques applied to the material across the projects.

Two of the shortlisted projects boast the first ever uses of hardwood CLT within architectural applications.

The competition has grouped buildings into five subcategories. The Commercial & Leisure category includes Command of the Oceans, Historic Dockyard Chatham (Baynes and Mitchell Architects), The Gateway Buildings, Weald and Downland Living Museum, Chichester (ABIR Architects), Hastings Pier (dRMM), Rievaulx Abbey Visitor Centre & Museum (Simpson & Brown).

The Education & Public Sector category shortlist includes Cowan Court, Cambridge (6a architects), GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry, Nottingham (Fairhursts Design Group), Maggie’s Oldham (dRMM), which will be reported on in detail in the November issue of ADF and Wells Cathedral School, Wells (Eric Parry Architects).

The shortlist for the ‘Interiors’ category includes 1 New Burlington Place, London (Allford Hall Monaghan Morris), House in Devon, Dartmouth (6a architects), Nautilus, London (architect Hassan Nourbakhsh, Borheh), Oak Lined House, London (Knox Bhavan Architects).

The ‘Private’ category includes four shortlisted entries: The Crow’s Nest, Dorset (AR Design Studio), Hampshire Passivhaus, Hampshire (Ruth Butler Architects), Stepping Stone House, Maidenhead (Hamish and Lyons), and Woodman’s Treehouse, West Dorset (Brownlie Ernst and Marks Limited).

Lastly, the Small Projects award also has four entries: Belarussian Memorial Chapel, London (Spheron Architects), Feilden Fowles Studio, London (Feilden Fowles Architects), Saw-mill Shelter, Beaminster (Architectural Association Design and Make students), The Smile, Chelsea College of Arts, London (Alison Brooks Architects).