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Timber! Industry reveals 'exceptional' awards

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The Timber Industry Awards, announced last night, have had a new lease of life in their 30th year. The awards attracted 182 entries which were, said the judges, of an exceptionally high standard.On this page we show the winners of the six categories. In addition, the judges gave an assessors'special award to the restoration at Lodge Park, Sherebourne, Dorset, designed by Michael Reardon & Associates. The joinery, by Capps & Capps, was, they said, of the highest quality and unique in its recreation of historical working methods.

The Chinese Gallery at Oxford's Ashmolean Museum took the smaller projects award.

Architect van Heyningen and Haward specified American black walnut for joinery and flooring. Wall linings are formed from profiled boards.

Portcullis House took the timber structure award for the diagonal lattice vault in it its central courtyard. Design was by the architect, Michael Hopkins & Partners, with Portal of Bagshot.

The lattice is in laminated American white oak, with node connections in stainless steel.

Joinery was by Kingston Craftsmen.

The award for timber frame went to the new performing arts centre at Frensham Heights School, designed by Burrell Foley Fischer. Materials were larch cladding, softwood glulam, OSB roof lining and maple interior joinery.

Canterbury Cathedral Education Centre was the winner in the major projects category. Designed by Whitfield & Partners, the building has external joinery in English oak, with internal joinery and much of the covering to walls and ceilings in Douglas fir. Maple was also used. Joinery was by Denne Joinery.

The English Heritage Award went to McCurdy & Co's restoration of the 15th century lychgate at St Leonard's Church, Heston. The maximum amount of old timber was retained with new English oak chosen to match.

Four trees, cut as thinnings, provided the material for the Leighton Redwood Chalet in Welshpool, Powys, which won the award for softwood in use. Designer Russell Brothers, which also did the joinery, used British redwood, with cedar for the roof shingles and larch external wall boarding both from Gloucester

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