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Entry Categories

For 2017 there are likely to be eight main categories for which one winner and one highly commended project can be awarded at the discretion of the panel of judges. The criteria for the Wood Awards is based on design, craftsmanship, quality of installation. Neither size nor value are taken into account, except where special attention is given to small projects for the Small Project category. Categories will be confirmed at shortlisting.

All projects entered must be in the UK (Great Britain & Northern Ireland), completed in the last two years and not entered before.

It is free to enter the Wood Awards, and you may submit any number of projects. Enter the Wood Awards 2017 here.

Building Categories

Commercial & Leisure

Examples might include museums, theatres, leisure centres, shops, hotels, restaurants and offices. Past winners have included Stihl Treetop Walkway and Constellations Bar.

Education & Public Sector

Examples might include schools, universities, government buildings, hospitals and religious buildings. Past winners have included Stanbrook Abbey and Arcadia Nursery.

Interiors

This category includes fitted interiors in all types of buildings. Examples might include fitted kitchens, bespoke staircases and hotel lobbies. Past winners have included The Portledge Rear Staircase and Bryanston School: The Tom Wheare Music School.

Private

This category includes privately funded projects for non-commercial clients. Examples include residential property, new builds and extensions. Past winners have included Contour House and The Fishing Hut.

Small Project

This category includes any small project, however funded. Examples include studios, garden buildings or design projects for special events. Past winners have included The TWIST and The Observatory: The Study & The Workshop.

Furniture & Product Categories

Bespoke

Single pieces or ensembles from individual designer/makers, small workshops or larger manufactures can be entered. Pieces entered into the bespoke category must be a unique piece or commissioned work. Past winners have included Pantori, Endgrain and Ves-el.

Production Made

Pieces or ensembles from individual designer/makers, small workshops or larger manufactures can be entered. Projects entered should have gone into commercial production since January 2015. Past winners have included Planks Collection and Stretch Extending Dining Table.

Student Designer

This category is open to anyone currently in education or who has left education in the past 12 months. There are two cash prizes; £1000 for the winner and £500 for the people’s choice. Past category winners have included Geometry and End Grain Stationery Set. Past People’s Choice Award Winners have included Velo Chair and Slatted Chair.

Other Awards

Structural Award

The Structural Award, given at the judges’s discretion, is chosen from all of the buildings shortlisted in each category. Past winners have included Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett Building and Canary Wharf Crossrail.

Existing Building Award

The Existing Building category was discontinued in 2016. Instead an Award, given at the judges’s discretion, is chosen from all of the buildings shortlisted in each category. Past winners have included Ansty Plum and The Studio.

Judges Special Award

The judges retain the right to award a Judges’ Special Award to any entered project that is worthy of merit. Past winners have included the BSkyB Believe in Better Building.

Arnold Laver Gold Award

The Arnold Laver Gold Award is winners of winners, chosen by the judges from all of the winners. Previous recipients include Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett Building and The Fishing Hut.

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