A record number of entries has been received for this year’s Timber Industry Awards 2001 – formerly the Carpenters’ Award – due to be presented in London on October 31.

A total of 182 entries in all six categories have been received from designers, architects, building owners and developers from all over the UK.

The judges are studying 28 of these in detail. Chairman of the Sponsors Committee Terence Mallinson said: ‘Each will be visited to see if the woodwork sits well in the building, whether it fulfils its purpose and whether the craftsmanship is of outstanding quality.’

This year’s awards are being backed by Wood for Good which has allocated ‘a significant sum’ to sponsor the ‘Softwood in use out of doors’ category. It is also helping to promote the awards. The other main sponsor is the Worshipful Company of Carpenters.

There are six categories – major projects with woodwork costs of more than £40,000; smaller projects with woodwork costs of under £40,000; softwood in use out of doors; a hardwood timber structure; the English Heritage Award and the Timber Frame Building Design Award.

Charles Trevor, managing director of Wood for Good, is impressed by the high standard.

He said: ‘The entries represent a wonderful variety of contemporary designs and imaginative use of timber out of doors and in the conservation of historic buildings.’