Apr 05

Two new dates added to Wood Awards ‘roadshow’

Two new dates have been added to TRADA’s Wood Awards ‘roadshow’, the much-anticipated series of site talks and visits to some of the award-winning and shortlisted projects from 2012.

Aimed at architects, designers, engineers, and in fact anyone with a general interest in excellence in building design, these early evening talks will celebrate andthehive04chuftoncrowexamine the innovative use of timber in a wide range of modern architectural solutions.

Designed to achieve BREEAM Excellent, the Hive is an integrated public/university library including county archives, a local history centre and the county’s archaeology service. The roof of the Hive is arguably one of the most outstanding timber structures to have been completed in the UK so far.

Comprising seven independent pyramid-shaped roofs, the span of the biggest roof exceeds 25m and required the development of a new unique system combining glue-laminated timber beams and cross-laminated timber panels. Iain Williams, of architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, will talk guests through the design challenges.

ww-stowe-5Meanwhile, Adrian Small from Cowper Griffith Architects will explain the brief and designs behind Stowe Garden’s new visitor facility, which features a number of timber buildings, the main one being the restaurant and its triangulated ‘dia-grid’ roof structure made of a series of linked timber triangles connected by stainless steel flitch plates and tie rods.

The first talk of the Wood Awards talk series at the Hurlingham Club proved a sellout, and TRADA is anticipating a full crowd at the next two events, places on which are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets for the Wood Awards Talks are available for free to TRADA members and £18 for non members. Advanced booking is essential. To reserve your place, please contact Julie Hockin on [email protected]  or 01494 569642.

The Wood Awards is Britain’s premier award for wood in buildings and furniture. The aim of The Wood Awards is to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation in wood, the world’s most naturally sustainable material.

The Wood Awards have made their mark on the architectural and design landscape, becoming a ‘mark of excellence’ in wood, with past Gold Winners including leading names such as Stephen Marshall (for the Rothschild Foundation), Glenn Howells (for the Savill Building) and Simon Conder (for Pinion’s Barn).

The tours will be visiting:

22nd April 2013 – The Hive, Worcester, Worcestershire (Shortlisted Wood Awards 2012)

16th May 2013 – Stowe Gardens Visitor Centre, Buckinghamshire (Commercial & Public Access Category Winner 2012)

Talk Programme:

4:30 – 5:00 pm – arrival drinks and networking
5:00 – 6:00 pm – talk presentation and Q & A
6:00 – 6:30 pm – tour of the project building

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