Best use of Timber Awards Exhibition 2015

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The Best Use of Timber Awards 2015 exhibition showcases the winner and shortlisted entries to the annual RIAS Awards scheme, which combined with Forestry Commission Scotland and Wood for Good to sponsor this award. The Award is aimed at encouraging innovative and creative use of timber in new buildings in Scotland.

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.

The judging panel was Iain Dickson PPRIAS (Chair), Julia Barfield RIBA, representing the Royal Institute of British Architects, Karen Cunningham,
Director of 2016 Festival of Architecture, Hugh Dutton Hon FRIAS of Hugh Dutton Associés,
Paris and Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive of Confor.

The exhibition will be open from 14 December 2015


Arcadia Nursery by Malcom Fraser Architects. Image: Angus Bremner
Image: Angus Bremner

Arcadia Nursery

Location: Edinburgh
Date Completed: August 2014
Building Type: Nursery
Architect: Malcolm Fraser Architects
Landscape Architect: erz
Client: The University of Edinburgh
Main Contractor: Balfour Beatty
Timber Supplier: Cross Laminated Timber Supplied by Eurban and manufactured by Stora Enso, Wood fibre insulation supplied by Natural Building Technologies, Cladding supplied by Russwood

“The Wood for Good/Forestry Commission Scotland award winning project is inspiring in its imaginative use of wood throughout the building, using cross laminated timber and wood cladding for its structure and external finish with the wood interior providing a seamless connection with the external use of wood in the nursery playground.

The result is a functional, attractive and welcoming series of spaces that provides the perfect environment for learning and play. Everyone connected with this project is to be congratulated.”
Craig White, Chair, Wood for Good.


Beach House by Dualchas Architects. Image by Andrew Lee
Image by Andrew Lee

Beach House
Location: Morar
Date Completed: July 2014
Building Type: Holiday home
Architect: Dualchas Architects
Main Contractor: AN Fraser Joinery
Timber Supplier: Russwood

GFT Cinema 3 By NORD Architecture. Image by Dapple Photography
Image by Dapple Photography

Glasgow Film Theatre Cinema 3

Location: Glasgow
Date Completed: January 2014
Building Type: Cinema
Architect: NORD Architecture
Client: Glasgow Film Theatre
Main Contractor: Morris and Spottiswood
Timber Supplier: SPA Laminates

Highland Steading by Cameronwebster architects. Image by Dapple Photography
Image by Dapple Photography

Highland Steading

Location: Perthshire
Date Completed: January 2014
Building Type: Private House
Architect: Marcus Lee and cameronwebster architects
Main Contractor: W.H Brown Ltd, Dundee, Hadden Construction Ltd, Perthshire
Timber Supplier: Siberian Larch from Russwood, Oak Flooring supplied by Havwoods

Rosefield by A449 Ltd. Image by Matthew Johnson / A449 Ltd
Image by Matthew Johnson / A449 Ltd


Location: Portobello, Edinburgh
Date Completed: April 2014
Building Type: Private House
Architect: A449 LTD
Client: Format Scotland LTD
Main Contractor: Truebuild Trade Services LTD
Timber Supplier: International Timber

Maggie's Lanarkshire by Reiach and Hall. Image by Davide Grandorge
Image by Davide Grandorge

Maggie’s Lanarkshire

Location: Airdrie, North Lanarkshire
Date Completed: September 2014
Building Type: Health
Architect: Reiach and Hall Architects
Client: Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre
Contract value: £1.8M
Main Contractor: John Dennis Ltd
Timber Supplier: John Dennis Ltd

Theatre Royal, by Page \ Park Architects. Image by Andrew lee
Image by Andrew Lee

Theatre Royal

Location: Glasgow
Date Completed: December 2014
Building Type: Theatre
Architect: Page \ Park Architects
Client: Scottish Opera
Main Contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine
Timber Supplier: Sheet materials supplied by Lathams, solid birch supplied by Bryceland Total Timber Solutions, Specialist joinery manufactured by Scottish Opera’s joinery workshop and Alex Forsyth Ltd joinery assisted them with installation

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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