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Formby Pool scoops gold at Wood Awards
Published:  18 October, 2007

Formby Pool was described as “transcendental in its calmness and simplicity”

This year’s Wood Awards demonstrate the dominant force timber is becoming in architecture and design

The Formby Pool in Lancashire has won the Gold Award at the Wood Awards 2007.

Described by the judges as “transcendental in its calmness and simplicity”, Formby Pool features a Douglas fir timber frame clad in English oak, Kerto LVL bowstring trusses supporting the roof and a plywood diaphragm deck supported by engineered I-beams.

This year’s competition drew in no fewer than 222 entries from a broad spectrum of applicants ranging from leading national architectural and design practices to smaller bespoke joiners and furniture makers.

The 31-strong shortlist was unveiled at 100% Detail in September and the results were announced at Carpenters’ Hall in London on October 17.

The shortlisted projects were selected by a panel of independent architectural, design and wood specialist judges, across the five main award categories (the aforementioned, plus Structural, Private and Furniture) and the four, discretionary, special awards – Offsite Manufacturing Project, Small Project, Best Use of British Timber, and Innovation.

“From beautiful solid hardwoods such as British hardwoods and American oak, to Scandinavian softwoods, to veneer, MDF, even OSB, timber is becoming a staple of the designers’ diet, further securing its place as the environmental and sustainable material of choice, both for architects and clients,” said judges’ chairman, Giles Downes, of Sidell Gibson Architects.

The other winners were:

Structural:

Winner: Marlowe Academy, Ramsgate, Kent


BUILDING OWNER: FORMBY LAND TRUST
ARCHITECT: FEILDEN CLEGG BRADLEY ARCHITECTS
BUILDER/MAIN CONTRACTOR: DEW CONSTRUCTION (exterior)
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS: WHITBY BIRD AND PARTNERS
JOINERY: JDM CONTRACTS LTD

Conservation / Restoration:

Winner: The Abbey Barn, Abbotsbury, Dorset


BUILDING OWNER: ILCHESTER ESTATES
ARCHITECT: PHILIP HUGHES ASSOCIATES
BUILDER/MAIN CONTRACTOR: J. LAYZELL & SONS LIMITED
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS: WARNING ASSOCIATION
JOINERY: J LAYZELL & SONS LIMITED

Highly commended: Conservation and Restoration of medieval Doomboard/Tympanum, Chippenham, Wiltshire

Private:

Winner: Dairy House, Hadspen, Somerset


BUILDING OWNER: NIALL HOBHOUSE
ARCHITECT: CHARLOTTE SKENE CATLING
BUILDER/MAIN CONTRACTOR: LONGPRE FURNITURE
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS: ANTHONY WARD PARTNERSHIP
JOINERY: LONGPRE FURNITURE LTD

Highly commended: Accordia, Cambridge

Furniture:

Winner: Jerwood Sculpture Park Seating, Warwickshire


FURNITURE OWNER: JERWOOD FOUNDATION
DESIGNER: ANDREW TROTMAN
MAKER: ANDREW TROTMAN

Highly commended: Infinity+1, Isle of Wight

Special Awards

Small Project:

Winner: The Kings School Library, Worcester


BUILDING OWNER: THE KINGS SCHOOL
ARCHITECT: ASSOCIATED ARCHITECTS
BUILDER/MAIN CONTRACTOR: SPICERS
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS: SHIRES CONSULTING
JOINERY: OPUS MAGNUM AND SPICERS

Innovation:

Winner: The Kings School Library, Worcester

Offsite:

Winner: Camarthen Place, London


BUILDING OWNER: AMANDA MENAGE AND ROBERT MOSLEY
ARCHITECT/DESIGNERS: EMMA DOHERTY, AMANDA MENAGE & KATE CHEYNE (AIR)
BUILDER/MAIN CONTRACTOR: SUPER-STRUCTURE BY RIKO HISE
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS: RIKO HISE, BUILT ENGINEERS
JOINERY: RIKO HISE, BENTIS BROS & ROBERT MOSLEY

Best use of British Timber:

Winner: Gridshell Roof over the Orangery, Chiddingstone Castle, Kent


BUILDING OWNER: THE TRUSTEES OF CHIDDINGSTONE CASTLE
ARCHITECT: PETER HULBERT CHARTERED ARCHITECT
BUILDER/MAIN CONTRACTOR: CIPIG LTD
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: BURO HAPPOLD LTD
JOINERY: CARPENTER OAK AND WOODLAND CO

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