The Best of 2021

18th November, 2021

Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic over the last 18 months, the Structural Timber Awards still managed to reward innovation and excellence across a range of sectors. As the industry got together for a well-earned night out, who were this year’s winners?

Featuring compelling examples of what can be achieved using the most natural and sustainable of materials, the Structural Timber Awards this year was a celebration of outstanding projects and inspiring individuals but also the coming together of an industry after months in isolation.

The abundance of exceptional projects surpassed all expectations at the ceremony held on 6 October at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham. Hosted by Mark Durden-Smith, who ensured that the celebrations were not only inspirational but also highly entertaining, the 16 categories saw nearly 250 entrants and over 60 companies shortlisted, giving 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 – you can see more on this project overleaf.

The judge’s decision was unequivocal, and their commendations for the International Quarter 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”.

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