A record 318 projects were entered in the Wood Awards 2013, the UK’s premier award scheme celebrating excellence in design in wood.
The Wood Awards judging panel of building and furniture experts and specialists, led by Michael Morrison of Purcell UK and Sean Sutcliffe of Benchmark Furniture, now have the challenging task of selecting just 10% of the projects entered to create the Wood Awards 2013 shortlist of 30. Michael Morrison said, “The diversity of this year’s entries demonstrate the range of flexibility and problem solving which timber brings. This is exciting to see, but the quality of entries means that the judges are fighting for their favourites; making the shortlist selection this year is going to be a challenge.”
David Hopkins, Head of Communications and External Affairs for major sponsor Wood for Good, said, “Looking through the entries for this year’s Wood Awards, it is hard not to be struck by the impact that the timber industry is having on the face of urban architecture throughout the UK. Timber is carving itself an ever larger niche in the construction market and one factor which is repeated throughout the entries is sustainability. Timber is finally being recognised as a solution to achieving affordable, low-carbon urban development goals.”
The Wood Awards 2013 shortlist will be announced in August and will be showcased for the first time at 100% Design in London from 18-21 September, with the shortlisted furniture pieces on display, and once again at Timber Expo, now at the NEC in Birmingham from 24-25 September.
As the flagship for wood in the best of British architecture, furniture and design, the Wood Awards is make possible by the major sponsorship of AHEC, Canada Wood, the Carpenters’ Company, TRADA and Wood for Good. Other sponsors include American Softwoods, BRE and the Forestry Commission.