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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 one company can enter any number of projects.

Building Categories

Commercial & Leisure

This category is open to projects such as museums, theatres, leisure centres, shops, hotels, bars, restaurants and offices. Past winners have included Constellations Bar by Hugh and Howard Miller and Stihl Treetop Walkway by Glenn Howells Architects.

Education & Public Sector

Examples might include schools, universities, government buildings, hospitals and religious buildings. Past winners have included Arcadia Nursery by Malcolm Fraser Architects and Stanbrook Abbey by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.

Interiors

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

Private

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

Small Project

This category includes any small project, however funded. Examples include studios, garden buildings or designed projects for special event. Past winners have included The Observatory: The Study & The Workshop by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and The TWIST by Emergent Technologies and Design, Architectural Association.

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 single piece or commissioned work. Anyone involved may enter any piece(s) with the permission of the current owner. Past winners have included Ves-el by Gareth Neal and Pantori by Steph Leake and Jack Badger Ltd.

Production Made

Pieces or ensembles from individual designer/makers, small workshops or larger manufactures can be entered. Projects entered in the Production Made category should be in commercial production since January 2015. Anyone involved may enter any piece(s) with the permission of the designer and manufacture. Past winners have included Stretch Extending Dining Table by Simon Pengelly and Plank Collection by Max Lamb and Benchmark.

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 for this category, £1000 for the winner and £500 for the people’s choice. Past winners have included Simin Qiu from the Royal College of Art for End Grain Stationery and Michael Stevenson from the Building Crafts College for Geometry.

Other Awards

Structural Award

A Structural Award is given at the judges discretion to a project that has a worth structure. Past winners have included Canary Wharf Cross Rail and Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett Building, both by Foster+Partners.

Existing Building Award

The Existing Building category was dropped in 2016 and is now given as an award to a worthy conservation, restoration or reuse project. Past winners have included The Studio by Bradley Van Der Straeten Architects and Ansty Plum by Coppin Dockray .

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 Endless Stair by dRMM Architects and BSkyB Believe in Better Building by Arup.

Arnold Laver Gold Award

The Arnold Laver Gold Award is winner of winners and chosen by the judges from the winners of all the categories. Previous recipients include Ditching Museum of Art & Craft by Adam Richards Architects and Bishop King Edward Chapel by Niall McLaughlin Architects.

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