The Wood Awards aim to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood. Arnold Laver are proud sponsors of the Wood Awards.
The Wood Awards 2019 call for entries will launch on 12th March and close 24th May.
Gold Award 2018 Winner
Storey’s Field Centre & Eddington Nursery
Client/Owner: University of Cambridge
Structural Engineer: Aecom
Main Contractor: Farrans Construction Ltd
Joinery: C W Fields, M Borley & Sons Joinery Ltd
Glulam Structure: n’H International Ltd
Spiral Stair: Spiral UK Ltd, David Gilbert Joinery Ltd
Cedar Shingle Supplier: Marley Eternit
Wood Supplier: Brooks Bros, D F Richards, James Latham
Wood Species: American white ash, Canadian western red cedar, European oak, spruce
The 100-place nursery is arranged around three sides of a landscaped courtyard. On the fourth side, is the civic scaled community centre including a 180-seat main hall. The principle rooms are lined in oak panelling. The main hall, influenced by the dining halls and chapels of Cambridge colleges, uses an exposed, articulated timber structure. The slender spruce glulam portal frames spring from the oak panelled base and pass in front of a backdrop of ash veneered panelling; the tones of the timber gradually lightening up the height of the space.
A structural ceiling of layered ash joists, battens and veneered plywood conceals air extract routes for the hall’s passive ventilation strategy. The hall provides a venue for a range of activities and its acoustics can be adjusted to suit. At the west end, an ash spiral stair is a sculptural element wrapped by a curved veneered ash plywood balustrade. The nursery’s turret roofed classrooms are clad in western red cedar as are the soffits to the covered nursery cloister.
About the Wood Awards
Established in 1971, the Wood Awards recognises, encourages and promotes outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood in projects throughout the UK. The Wood Awards’ elite independent judging panel not only judges all submitted entries but also visits the shortlisted projects in person, making the Wood Awards a uniquely rigorous competition.
The Wood Awards’ top prize, the Arnold Laver Gold Award, goes to the overall winner of winners. Previous Gold Award winners include: The Hurlingham Club Outdoor Pool by David Morley Architects, the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft by Adam Richards Architects, The Fishing Hut by Niall McLaughlin Architects, and, most recently, Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett Building by Foster + Partners.
All previous category winners from 2003 onwards can now be found on the new digital archive on the Wood Awards website here.
With permission from the owner, anyone associated with a building or product completed in the last two years, can enter. Buildings must be located within the UK whilst furniture and other products must have been either designed or manufactured in the UK. There are no restrictions on the size, budget or function of entries. The competition is free to enter and entrants may submit more than one project.