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Howells at the top of the tree with wood prize

Glenn Howells Architects has scooped the top prize in this year's Wood Awards with the Savill Garden visitor centre in Windsor.

The building, with its distinctive gridshell roof (AJ 06.07.06), took the Gold Award at the presentation last night (18 September), having also won the Commercial and Public Access Award and the Structural Award for the engineering by Buro Happold and HRW.

The judges said: 'It was evident that great care had been taken to ensure that even small details were just right.'

For a full analysis of the building, see

The Private Category Award was won by Holly Barn in Norfolk, designed by Knox Bhavan, making it the second win in a week for the building, which also picked up the Manser Medal, sponsored by the AJ, at the Stirling Prize on Saturday night.

Alison Brooks' Wrap House, which won the Stephen Lawrence prize at Stirling, was runner up in the housing category at the Wood Awards.

by Ruth Slavid

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