27 March 2018

Wood Awards 2018 call for entries now open

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The Wood Awards: Excellence in British Architecture and Product Design has now launched its 2018 call for entries. Architects and designers from around the United Kingdom are invited to enter their UK-based wood projects. Co-sponsored by TRADA, the Awards are free to enter and aim to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood. The closing deadline is 25 May 2018. Enter the 2018 Wood Awards 


An elite independent judging panel not only judge all submitted entries but also visit the shortlisted projects in person, making the Wood Awards a uniquely rigorous competition. The shortlist will be announced in July and the winners will be unveiled at an award ceremony on 20 November 2018 at Carpenters’ Hall in London. The shortlisted projects will be on display at the ceremony and during the London Design Festival in September.


TRADA’s Rupert Scott says: “TRADA is a passionate supporter of the Wood Awards, which showcases Britain’s exceptional timber talent in design, craftsmanship and installation.  Each year we are blown away by the world-class quality of entrants and look forward to seeing even more outstanding timber structures, furniture and product designs in this year’s competition.” 


Stephen Corbett of Green Oak Carpentry and Buildings and Furniture & Product judging panel chairperson says: “Every year the call for entries for the Wood Awards casts its net ever wider and deeper, as the new wave of enthusiasm for working with wood gathers pace. Years ago, timber buildings and furniture were the pre-eminent choice - now it is clear that their time has come around again, presenting enormous opportunities for our foremost architects and designers."


Corinne Julius, design critic and judging panel chairperson, says: “Wood is such a beautiful, versatile material. It reveals the history of its use, with a richness of patina. There are so many ways to work with it both for commercial production and to make one-offs. In the last few years there has been a re-appraisal of its qualities with an increasing number of designers responding to its potential, matched by an increased appreciation by consumers.”


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. Fitted furniture must be in the UK. The competition is free to enter, and entrants may submit more than one project. There are no restrictions on the size or budget of a project.


The 2018 categories will be confirmed at the shortlisting. Building categories are likely to be Commercial & Leisure, Education & Public Sector, Interiors, Private and Small Project. The Furniture & Product competition will be split into Bespoke, Production Made and Student Designer which is open to anyone currently in education or who has left education in the past 12 months. Within the Student category there are two cash prizes (£1,000 for the Winner and £500 for the People’s Choice). Other awards, such as Structural and Existing Building awards, can be given at the judges’ discretion.


The Wood Awards top prize, the Mears Group Gold Award, goes to the overall winner of winners. Previous Gold Award winners include: The Fishing Hut by Niall McLaughlin Architects, Maggie's at the Robert Parfett Building by Foster + Partners and, most recently, Coastal House by 6a architects. All previous category winners from 2003 onwards can now be found on the new digital archive on the Wood Awards website.


Entry closes on 25 May 2018. Enter the 2018 Wood Awards