Structural Timber Awards - A Celebration of Sustainable Construction

9th March, 2022

Featuring shining examples of what can be achieved using the most natural and sustainable of materials, the Structural Timber Awards has always celebrated the best that timber offers across the built environment – what happened in 2021?

Since the inaugural event in 2015, the Structural Timber Awards has seen some of the finest examples of timber construction in the UK rewarded and championed as inspirational design and sustainable thinking. The number of outstanding projects and the talented teams involved in their creation has seen the event become a central part of not only the timber calendar, but also the wider construction world.

The 2021 Awards

The 2021 Awards was a celebration of not only outstanding projects but the coming together of an industry after many months in isolation due to the COVD-19 pandemic. Despite the challenges of the last two years and the many pressures on global supply chains – that have seen timber in particular under pressure with delays and shortages – innovation and excellence was not sidelined and the array of exceptional projects surpassed all expectations.

Importantly, construction professionals were once again able to congregate at a prestigious awards ceremony to network in person, away from zoom calls and virtual meetings, and celebrate the many super architectural achievements and engineering ingenuity in timber construction. The awards were hosted once again by Mark Durden-Smith, who ensured that the celebrations were highly entertaining as well as highly efficent. With 16 categories, nearly 250 entrants and over 60 companies shortlisted, the Structural Timber Award judges had an unenviable task. The big winner on the night was Arup for International Quarter, London (IQL) picking up the trophy for Engineer of the Year and the coveted Winner of Winners award.

The judge's decision was unequivocal, and their commendations for the IQL ranged from: "excellent delivery from first principles to supply chain management to the realisation a great design" and "a creative addition to the local community that showcases the potential for wood in novel applications" to plaudits for the Winner of Winners sustainable credentials with comments such as: "the environmental impact is well-documented and very impressive."

The head of the judging panel and Chief Executive of the Structural Timber Association (STA), Andrew Carpenter said of the night: "The depth of expertise across all categories was impressive and the exceptional number of entries clearly demonstrates that the industry is thriving despite the current challenges. The Structural Timber Awards have clearly demonstrated yet again that sustainable timber buildings are not only the optimal way of reaching zero carbon targets but are also aesthetically and structurally outstanding."

There has already been a large amount of attention focused on the 2022 awards. "The event goes from strength to strength every year," adds Julie Williams, Sales Director of the Structural Timber Awards. "It is always amazing to see the number and quality of the entries growing each year. Some of the winning projects we have seen, such as Dalston Lane, the Macallan Distillery and the Cambridge Mosque, have since gone on to become iconic examples of timber design. Obviously COVID-19 caused complications for everyone, so it was wonderful to see everyone enjoying themselves properly at last year's event. With 2022 already shaping up to be a bumper night out, I would encourage everyone to save the date of 12 October in their diary."

For the hundreds of construction professionals who have attended the Structural Timber Awards, there is no need to explain the promotional opportunities that go hand in hand with this event. The awards provide one of the most effective platforms to promote brands or companies alongside the best of the best.


Architect of the Year: Mæ for Sands End Arts and Community Centre
Client of the Year: University of Warwick for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Building (IBRB)
Commercial Project of the Year: Heyne Tillett Steel for 16 Chart Street
Custom & Self-Build Project of the Year: Greencore Construction for Springfield Meadows
Education Project of the Year: Hewitt Studios for The Brunel Centre
Engineer of the Year: Arup for International Quarter London (IQL)
Healthcare Project of the Year: Constructional Timber for The Green at St Richard’s Hospice
Installer of the Year: Eurban for The New Library at Magdalene College
Low Energy Project of the Year: SNUG Homes for Forest Road SNUG Home
Pioneer Award: Heyne Tillett Steel & Arup
Private Housing Project of the Year: Innovaré Systems for Little Kelham
Product Innovation Award: Hewitt Studios for K:Port Electric Vehicle Charging Station
Project of the Year: Maccreanor Lavington Architects for The New Refectory, Ibstock Place
Retail & Leisure Project of the Year: Ove Arup & Partners for Ebury Edge
SIPs Project of the Year: Innovaré Systems for Little Kelham
Social Housing Project of the Year: TopHat for White Road
Solid Wood Project of the Year: Maccreanor Lavington Architects for The New Refectory, Ibstock Place
Timber Frame Project of the Year: Greencore Construction for Springfield Meadows
Winner of Winners: Arup for International Quarter London (IQL)

The Structural Timber Awards 2022 will take place on 12 October 2022 at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham. For details on sponsorship packages and promotional opportunities and to register interest to either sponsor the 2022 Structural Timber Awards or to enter your project, please contact Amy Pryce -

The 2022 Entry Platform is now open. Please note that the submission deadline for entries into the 2022 Structural Timber Awards is 10 June 2022. You can find all the entry details at:

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