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School and nursery shortlisted for 2015 Wood Awards

Arcadia Nursery and Bryanston School in the running for prestigious architectural award

Posted by Stephanie Broad | August 10, 2015 | Events

Twenty outstanding British buildings have been nominated for The Wood Awards 2015 shortlist, featuring some of the UK’s best architectural designs in wood. Led by architect, Giles Downes, the judges reviewed applications in a variety of categories including:

  • Commercial and leisure
  • Education and public sector
  • Existing buildings
  • Interiors
  • Private
  • Small projects

All of the shortlisted projects will be showcased at 100% Design stand L722, 23rd‐26th September at London Olympia.

The final winners will be revealed by host Tom Dyckhoff at the 44th annual Wood Awards ceremony at Carpenters’ Hall on 10th November.

The Wood Awards are the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in the world’s only naturally sustainable material. The Awards aim to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood.

Michael Morrison, who returns as Chairman of judges for the rest of the year, comments: 'With so many excellent projects, the most difficult part of the judging is the shortlisting. However, once the shortlisting is completed the most interesting part of the process begins with every project receiving a visit from at least two of the judges. The visits are a real pleasure enabling the judges to see the terrific use that is being made of timber, the high quality designs and the excellence of craftsmanship which is on display.'

Arcadia Nursery, University of Edinburgh

Malcom Fraser Architects / AED / Balfour Beatty 

Wood supplied by Stora Enso, Lignotrend, Russwood and Natural Building Technologies

Build for the University of Edinburgh, Arcadia Nursery was conceived as a floating, lightweight structure that could be built within a restricted site. The CLT structure creates a warm, tactile interior whilst achieving clear roof volumes that ensure the mezzanine spaces are not compromised. Timber acoustic ceilings soften the sound and aesthetic of each playroom. Timer cladding and wood fibre insulation envelops the building. Timber decks, walkways, feature fences and play features are used throughout.

The nursery has been designed to be a very low-energy building. The design stage BREAAM assessment achieved a high score of 82.2% with material and pollutions sections achieving a score of 100%.

Bryanston School, Dorset

Hopkins Architects / Expedition Engineering / Midas / AECOM

Wood supplied by Gariff Construction

The new Tom Wheare Music School, part of Bryanston School in Dorset has been constructed of brick and wood to establish a visual dialogue with nearby buildings. Robust and sustainable Douglas fir has been used externally as framing for most windows and as part of the large integrated panels below the windows. A timber-treaded stair links the building’s three levels. The lower ground floor houses various music rooms that open directly onto the courtyard which feature spruce glulam timber posts and ceiling beams infilled with timber panels.

Timber is a prominent feature in the 300-seat auditorium, where it is used on most exposed surfaces to create a warm, inviting and acoustically-appropriate environment. American white oak flooring, wall and ceiling panels join with specially designed oak acoustic panels that can be individually adjusted to improve acoustic performance in the space. Spruce glulam timber beams support the roof and timber backs are used on the fixed seating within the space. 

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