Wood Awards demonstrate the benefits of naturally sustainable material in building design

Wood has been an important part of building design and construction for centuries and it remains an integral part to residential architectural projects to this day. Indeed, if anything it is again becoming a more important part of the design and build process.

The Wood Awards highlight the excellence in architecture and product design in the use of the world’s only naturally sustainable material and the winners were revealed at a ceremony in London this month.

They included a range of projects for commercial, leisure, educational, interiors, private and public buildings.

The complete awards list can be found here – http://woodawards.com/winners-2018/ -where you can also find out more about the importance of the awards to architects’ such as us.

We are committed to using locally-sourced timber where possible in order to support the growth of sustainable and well-managed woods and forests, as well as local enterprises, landowners and others.

D oug Hughes, principal architect at Hughes Architects, is a director and board member of Wood Knowledge Wales. The organisation champions the development of wood-based industries “for increased prosperity and well-being in Wales.”

“I’d like to congratulate all those involved in the Wood Awards. Since it was launched in 1971 as the then Carpenters’ Awards it has spearheaded the best of wood in the use of building and interior design and build,” said Doug.

“For us as a practice, we are dedicated to supporting and championing not only sustainable and locally sourced products such as Welsh timber, or that grown in other areas of the UK where we have projects, but also to encouraging our clients to use local contractors and suppliers wherever possible.

“Together, we can encourage greater sustainability not only at a local level, but regionally and nationally. That’s where organisations looking to grow the supply chain and market for wood are important and why as an architect’s practice we fully support such work.”

Doug highlighted the commitment of local authorities and housing associations’, such as Powys County Council, which has committed to its Homes Grown Homes Project. It states: “We will use UK and Welsh grown timber to help the local supply chain, which will benefit the rural economy of Wales.”

One such project upon which have been involved with Powys County Council was The Bowling Green site in Newtown. A three-storey development of one and two-bedroom flats, construction will begin early next year with a commitment to using locally sourced timber.

The Welsh Government has also committed to backing timber constructed properties as part of its Innovative Housing Programme. It provides funding to housing projects throughout Wales that meet specific criteria, including local supply chains and sustainable materials.

“Together, individuals, private developers, housing associations and the public sector can make a real difference to encouraging the use of locally sourced timber, products and services and we will continue to encourage that,” added Doug.