Apr 24


The 21st May is the fast approaching deadline for entries for this year’s Wood Awards.

Organisers of The Wood Awards are urging architects and designers to get their entries in before the May 21st Deadline. This is the UK’s premier architecture and furniture competition celebrating excellence in design in the world’s most sustainable building material.

Michael Buckley, organiser of the Awards says “We know architects and designers are used to working to tight deadlines and every year we get phone calls to check there is still time. I would urge all potential entrants to go to the website and enter their project as soon as possible”.

The Awards’ website has also been re-launched with a complete makeover and a range of improvements all focusing on streamlining the entry and payment system – meaning it is now possible to enter the Awards online. The site also shows off the raft of stunning images the Wood Awards receives over the years.

Broad entry categories are designed to attract every type and size of project in construction, joinery and furniture. With permission from the owner, anyone associated with a qualifying building or furniture project – from timber supplier to designer – can enter the project before the closing date of 21 May 2008. It must have been completed between May 2007 and May 2008 or May 2006 and May 2008 if the project is furniture.
The list of Wood Awards sponsors includes most of the leading organisations involved in wood marketing and education in the UK including wood. for good, the Forestry Commission, the Carpenters’ Company and the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC)

David Venables, European Director of AHEC, highlighted the key role The Wood Awards plays in showcasing the adaptability, aesthetics and sustainability of wood. “The re-launch of the Wood Awards six years ago marked the start of a renaissance for wood. In a world in which designers and architects are increasingly scrutinising the materials they specify and use, wood is coming into its own as the ultimate in beautiful and sustainable materials. We are hoping for some exciting entries and the emergence of some new fresh talent to champion the cause for wood.”

The categories for entry are Commercial & Public Access, Private, Structural, Conservation/Restoration and Furniture. Additional awards may also be made at the discretion of the judges for a Small Project, any Innovation, or the Best Use of British Timber – all of which are irrespective of category – as well as an Offsite Manufactured Project and a new award for the Best Use of Wood Panel Products. The coveted Gold Award goes to the winner of winners from all the building categories. Entry forms and full Terms and Conditions for entry can be found at www.woodawards.com.

The full shortlist will be announced and exhibited for the fifth year running at 100% Detail at Earls Court in September and the award winners will be announced at The Wood Awards Party at Carpenters’ Hall in London in October. Winners will be announced at Carpenters’ Hall in October.

Visit www.woodawards.com for full conditions of entry and entry forms.

Notes to Editors

The Wood Awards 2008

The Wood Awards is the premier award for wood in buildings and furniture.Sponsors of The Wood Awards 2008 include the American Hardwood Export Council, BRE, British Woodworking Federation, Canada Wood, Carpenters’ Company, ConFor, English Heritage, Forestry Commission, Furniture Makers’ Company, Historic Scotland, Institute of Carpenters, Institute of Wood Science, Malaysian Timber Council, TRADA, Timber Trade Federation, Timber Trades Journal, UKFPA, Western Red Cedar Export Association and wood for good.

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