Organisers of The Wood Awards are inviting architects, furniture designers and anyone involved with a building project using wood to enter what has become the premier awards scheme for the use of the world’s only naturally sustainable material. Entries open on Monday 2 March, and at a time when sustainability and a desire to be green are at the top of political and architectural agendas, it is hoped that 2009 will be a record year.Launched in 2003, The Wood Awards have made their mark on the architectural and design world, becoming a ‘mark of excellence’ in wood, with past Gold Winners including leading names such as Simon Conder (for Pinion’s Barn), Glen Howells for the dramatic Savill Gardens Visitor Centre and Feilden Clegg Bradley (for the timber-framed Formby Pool in Lancashire). In 2008 the coveted Gold Award was won by the Building Design Partnership (BDP) for the New Shetland Museum & Archives in Lerwick, described by judges as “an excellent building, which fits in very well with its surroundings and which was a real joy to visit”.
Broad entry categories are designed to attract every type and size of project in construction, joinery and furniture. With permission from the owner, anyone associated with an eligible building or furniture project – from timber supplier to designer – can enter the project before the closing date of 22 May 2009.
The focus for 2009 will be the expansion and development of the Furniture category, which is seen as an important category for the future of The Wood Awards. This year saw some exceptional entries, with The Sleeping Dragon, an outdoor piece designed by Alun Heslop of chaircreative, taking the prize. This category has an impressive past, having launched the careers of furniture designers and makers including Jason Heap, whose Infinity +1 was Highly Commended by the judges in 2007, and Katie Walker whose Ribbon Chair clinched the top prize in 2006.
Chairman of the judges, Giles Downes of Sidell Gibson Architects comments, “The standard of entries we receive for The Wood Awards is always incredibly high, and 2008 was no exception. With projects as far afield as the Shetland Islands and Cornwall, the judging process was lengthy but inspirational. The use of wood in building and furniture design has come on leaps and bounds, and I am delighted to be involved in an awards scheme which celebrates this. I just hope that in 2009 we are able to exceed the quantity and quality of entries we received last year – a difficult challenge, but one I am confident will be met with the support of the industry.”
The list of Wood Awards sponsors includes many of the leading organisations involved in wood marketing and education in the UK, including the Forestry Commission, the Carpenters’ Company and the American Hardwood Export Council(AHEC).
The categories for entry are Commercial & Public Access, Private, Structural, Conservation/Restoration and Furniture. Additional awards may also be made at the discretion of the judges for a Small Project, a project demonstrating Innovation, or the Best Use of British Timber – all of which are irrespective of category – as well as an Offsite Construction award and a new award introduced in 2008 for the Best Use of Wood Panel Products. The coveted Gold Award goes to the winner of winners from all the building categories.
The Call for Entries period opens on 2 March 2009, closing on 22 May. Entry forms and full Terms and Conditions for entry can be found athttp://www.woodawards.com/.
Notes to Editors
The Wood Awards 2009
The Wood Awards is the premier award for wood in buildings and furniture.
Sponsors of The Wood Awards 2008 included the American Hardwood Export Council, BRE, British Woodworking Federation, Carpenters’ Company, ConFor, English Heritage, Forestry Commission, Furniture Makers’ Company, Historic Scotland, Institute of Carpenters, Malaysian Timber Council, TRADA, Timber Trade Federation, Timber Trades Journal, UKFPA, Western Red Cedar Export Association and wood for good.
Full details of all sponsors and information on The Wood Awards can be found at http://www.woodawards.com/.