Wood Awards’ top prize won by Storey’s Field Centre & Eddington Nursery21 November 2018
The Mears Group Gold Award winner of this year’s Wood Awards is Storey’s Field Centre & Eddington Nursery, Cambridge.
The Wood Awards presentation ceremony, held at Carpenters Hall, London on November 20 was attended by architects, designers, construction professionals and timber industry representatives, while David Hopkins, MD of the Timber Trade Federation was host.
Storey’s Field Centre & Eddington Nursery features oak panelling, a spruce glulam portal frame, cedar shingles and ash veneered panelling.
“The best building rose to the top, for its winning combination of architectural merit, structural ingenuity and flawless execution,” said Stephen Corbett, chair of this year’s buildings judging panel.
Storey’s Field Centre & Eddington Nursery also won the commercial and leisure category.
Winner of the Education & Public Sector category was The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre in Oxford, which houses a large lecture theatre, a student learning space, seminar rooms and a dance studio.
The interiors winner was the ?Royal Academy of Music Theatre & New Recital Hall, while Old Shed New House, a timber framed and clad home nestled within the landscape of North Yorkshire, scooped the Private category prize.
Best Small Project was Look! Look! Look! The pavilion structure in Leominster is sited within a 18th century walled garden originally designed by Georgian landscape designer Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.
This year’s Structural Award winner is The Macallan Distillery & Visitor Experience, Scotland, one of the UK’s largest timber structures, featuring an engineered timber roof, while the Judges’ Special Award went to Woodland Classrooms, Belvue School, Northolt.
The three Furniture categories saw Cleft – a series of cabinets made from different Japanese tree species – win the Bespoke section.
Other furniture winners were Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby’s Ballot Chair, made of European oak, for the Production category, while Ellen Svenningsen won the £1,000 Student Designer prize for Objekt Bord, an assembly of two components – an upright curve and a circle.
Other major sponsors of the Wood Awards are the American Hardwood Export Council, Carpenters’ Company and TRADA.