NEWS: BCC Success at Wood Awards 2015

November 2015

The winners of the 44th annual Wood Awards were announced at a ceremony held on the 10th November at Carpenters’ Hall in London hosted by broadcaster and architectural historian, Tom Dyckhoff.  Past BCC students had great success with Emma Leslie and Butler Hegarty Architects taking home awards. Emma won the Student Designer People’s Choice Award for her Slatted Chair. New for 2015, the Student Designer Furniture & Product category was introduced to recognise the value of student work in wood. Butler Hegarty Architects received Highly Commended within the Existing Building category for The Master’s House.

The Wood Awards is 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.

Slatted Chair

Designer: Emma Leslie

College/University: Building Crafts College

Timber Supplier: Brooks Bros Timber

Wood Species: Maple, Cherry

Handmade from sustainable hardwoods using traditional techniques such as bridle and tenon joints, this chair was inspired by the architectural forms of Alvar Aalto and designed to focus on structure. The designer’s aim was to make a seat suspended inside a frame, similar to the inside/outside of a building. It has the feel of an armchair, but is light in its structure.

The Master’s House

Location: Ledbury, Herfordshire

Client/Owner: Herefordshire Council

Architect/Conservation Specialist: Butler Hegarty Architects

Structural Engineer: Hockley and Dawson Consulting Engineers

Main Contractor/Builder: Speller Metcalfe

Joinery Company: Splitlath Building Conservation

Interior Joinery: Woodcraft Joinery Ltd

Wood Supplier: OakbeamUK

Wood Species: European Oak, Green Oak, Russian Birch Plywood, European Beech

Located in the market town of Ledbury, the Grade II* listed Master’s House has a timber frame medieval building at its core encased in later Georgian and Victorian additions. The building is part of the medieval St. Katherine’s Hospital site. The Master’s House has been repaired and regenerated as a public building with a range of facilities including a library.

The completeness of the medieval timber frame that forms the two-storey, three-bayed Central Hall with cross wings at either end built c.1487 has been revealed. Sufficient fragments remained of the timber frame to develop an accurate evidence based reconstruction. Repairs were carried out using traditional carpentry techniques and semi seasoned European oak was selected to match the extraordinary large scale of the frame. Salvaged oak was used for small patch repairs, matching in grain and texture, and new oak was matched for grain, texture and growth. Contemporary birch ply and beech veneer counters, bookcases, desks, doors and shelves have been created throughout the building. 18th and 19th century joinery has been retained and used in other parts of the building.

The Central Hall originally had an 18th century ceiling which, when removed, revealed the medieval roof for the first time in 250 years. To stabilize the medieval roof structure a new second roof structure was formed using Hempcrete cassettes. 45 wattle and daub panels were also repaired in the main timber frame using local riven hazel whittles and oak staves.

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