Best Use of Timber Awards – Exhibition 2013

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Best Use of Timber Awards – Exhibition 2013
The Best Use of Timber Awards exhibition showcased the winner and shortlisted entries to the annual RIAS Awards scheme, which combined with Forestry Commission Scotland and Wood for Good to sponsor this new award. The Award is aimed at encouraging innovative and creative use of timber in new buildings in Scotland. The exhibition was displayed in the Sust. Gallery of The Lighthouse in February 2014.
The award seeks to stimulate greater appreciation of home grown timber and its potential for use in construction, with added consideration given to thoughtful and appropriate use of different species. Technical competence is of course paramount and the design and detail of how the timber is used was as much a part of the assessment criteria as imagination and overall architectural excellence. There is no restriction on building type or scale of project – from small to large and from domestic to commercial, the challenge is to show how suited the use of timber is to the development of new architecture in Scotland.
This year the exhibition also included the winners of the “Best use of Timber Awards” in each of the six RIAS chapters.

The judging panel included RIAS President Iain Connelly, Dr Joyce Deans CBE PPRIAS, Lori McElroy MBE of Architecture and Design Scotland, Kathy Li of the Mackintosh School of Architecture and Roger Stephenson OBE, representing the Royal Institute of British Architects.



Abbotsford Conservation and Visitor’s Centreby LDN Architects

Location: Abbotsford, Melrose, Roxburghshire

Date Completed: July 2012

Building Type: Visitors Centre
Architect: LDN Architects
Client: Abbotsford Trust
Contract value: £3.2 million
Main Contractor: Border Construction Lt
Timber Supplier: Metsa Wood UK Ltd

This building was selected on the basis that it demonstrates the use of timber at a large scale in a public building. The strength of the project lies in that it showcases the potential to use timber in Scotland not just at an aesthetic/craft level but also in full scale structural components

Judges Comment


Commended Project:
The Turf House by Rural Design
Name of project: The Turf House
Location: Kilmuluag, Isle of Skye
Date Completed: November 2012
Building Type: Residential
Architect: Rural Design
Client: Indi and Rebecca Waterstone
Contract value: £132,000
Main Contractor: Donald Lamont
Timber Supplier: Russwood

The new Skye vernacular, timber-clad homes in the landscape, is here taken to a new level. This is architecture of a relatively modest scale, but significant ambition.

Judges Comment

Shortlisted Projects:


The Glad Café by ATW Architects (in association with Eggmachine

Location: 1006a Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow
Date Completed: August 2012
Building Type: Cafe
Architect: ATW Architects (In association with Eggmachine)
Client: The Glad Cafe
Main Contractor: Egg Machine
Timber Supplier: Waste off-cuts and existing timber sourced by Egg Machine and other designers from various local businesses


4 Linsiadar by Studio KAP
Location: 4 Linsiadar, Isle of Lewis
Date Completed: June 2011
Building Type: Residential
Architect: Studio KAP Architects
Client: Ms Margrit McLeod
Main Contractor: Neil McKay & Co Ltd
Timber Supplier: Exterior Timber from Russwood, Structural Timbers sourced locally from Bain Morrison Stornoway, Lewis


Sugarhouse Close
by Oberlanders Architects

Location: Sugarhouse Close, Edinburgh
Date Completed: August 2012
Building Type: Residential- Student Accommodation
Architect: Oberlanders Architects
Client: Corporate Residential Management Ltd
Main Contractor: Watkin Jones
Timber Supplier: Lunawood Thermowood


Rosslyn Chapel Conservation and Visitors Centre

Location: Roslin, Midlothian
Date Completed: November 2011
Building Type: Visitors Centre
Architect: Page\Park Architects
Client: Rosslyn Chapel Trust
Contract value: N/A
Main Contractor: CBC (Glasgow) Ltd
Timber Supplier: via Carpenter Oak & Woodland

Chapter Winners


The exhibition has been curated by Architecture and Design Scotland, Scotland’s champion for architecture and the built environment, on behalf of Forestry Commission Scotland and Wood for Good.

Exhibition and Graphic Design
James Cargill
Exhibition Production
Image credits:
Abbotsford Visitor Reception Building- Paul Zanre Photography
The Turf House- Nigel Rigden
The Glad Café, Grant Hugh Jones
4 Linsiadar, Keith Hunter
Sugarhouse Close, Michael Wolchover
Rosslyn Chapel Conservation and Visitors Centre, Andrew Lee


Best Use of Timber Awards Exhibition

Best Use of Timber Awards: projects range from small to large and from domestic to commercial – showcasing the benefit of timber in new architecture

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