Wood Awards 2021 launches call for entries

Latest News Fri, Apr 30, 2021 8:56 AM

The Wood Awards: Excellence in British Architecture and Product Design has now launched its 2021 call for entries.

Anyone involved in a UK based wood project is invited to enter and has until 25th June to submit their applications. There is no entry fee.

Established in 1971, the Wood Awards recognises, encourages and promotes outstanding wood design, craftsmanship and installation throughout the UK.

The Wood Awards’ elite independent judging panel not only judges all submitted entries but also visits the shortlisted projects in person, making the Wood Awards a uniquely rigorous competition.

The Awards are split into two main categories: Furniture & Product and Buildings. The Gold Award is given to the project that the judges deem to be the winner of winners.

Jim Greaves of Hopkins Architects has been appointed as Chair of buildings judges. Jim comments: “Having been a judge for the last 17 years it is a great honour to be asked to chair the buildings panel.

“Despite restrictive regulatory and insurance challenges, wood has become an increasingly important construction material and it is now often the first choice for architects, designers, engineers and developers, offering lower carbon, biophilic, and regenerative solutions.

“As a consequence, the standard of entries for the Wood Awards has been rising year upon year and it is a great privilege to be able to assess, and learn from, the many exemplar projects being put forward for consideration.”

The 2021buildings categories will be confirmed later this year, but they are likely to be Commercial & Leisure, Education & Public Sector, Interiors, Private and Small Project. Other awards, such as Structural and Existing Building awards, can be given at the judges’ discretion.

As a not for profit competition, the Wood Awards can only happen with collaborative industry sponsorship. Major Sponsors of the Wood Awards 2021are American Hardwood Export Council, The Carpenters' Company and Timber Trade Federation. Other sponsors include American Softwoods and TRADA.

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