Bryony Bodimeade

A beacon of sustainable reuse built using reclaimed timber groynes
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The Durley Chine Environmental Hub is a showcase of sustainable design using repurposed timber. Comprising a Passivhaus education building, a café kiosk and public toilets, this visionary building was designed by TDUK members Footprint Architects and WSP for BCP council. On the promenade of one of Bournemouth’s popular Blue Flag...
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timber neighbourhood
Planning permission granted for UK’s largest timber neighbourhood
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Human Nature’s radically sustainable plan for 685 new timber-frame homes for Lewes, in East Sussex, has been approved. One year after the proposal to transform a neglected 7.9-hectare brownfield site into a vibrant green neighbourhood was announced, the Phoenix development has been given the go ahead by the South Downs...
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Lea Bridge Library by Studio Weave
A second life for fallen London trees
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Beautifully lined in a colourful patchwork of hardwoods from felled urban trees, Studio Weave’s pavilion is a dynamic and delightful addition to Lea Bridge Library. Images © Jim Stephenson. A red pre-cast concrete colannade runs the length of the wing. The non-structural columns contain downpipes taking rainwater to the tree...
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designtimber webinar
New designTimber talks – learn from architects, engineers & specialists advancing timber design
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Timber Development UK are delighted to host a third series of lunchtime designTimber webinars featuring exemplary timber buildings from the 2023 Wood Awards winners and shortlist. These monthly webinars will be presented by the multi-disciplinary design and delivery teams behind a diverse range of inspiring projects, from high-rise urban offices...
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‘Flowing and beautifully functional’ – the award winning bespoke oak chest
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A meticulously considered, scorched oak chest, Serenade, by John Makepeace OBE, has taken the top prize in the Bespoke category in the Wood Awards. Inspired by the ancient hollowed-out tree trunks that were used to carry the possessions of those on the move, this chest of drawers accommodates the personal...
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Transforming a former church into a welcoming community centre
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Konishi Gaffney’s overhaul of the Greyfriars Charteris Centre in Edinburgh dramatically transformed the existing buildings. It created flexible events spaces and an elegant nondenominational sanctuary. Sitting at the base of Arthur’s Seat, an ancient volcano, the original Greyfriars church was built in 1912. Its community outreach and enterprise centre was...
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passivhaus
The personalised passivhaus with a place for everything
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With a refined barn-like form expressed in timber and locally sourced sandstone, the award-winning Godwit House feels at once agricultural and contemporary. Sitting on the plains of the Coquet Estuary in Northumbria, this bespoke home, designed by TDUK members Mawson Kerr Architects, claims its crown as (for now) the most...
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Community design initiative takes top prize with volunteer-built furniture project
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Mentsen, together with The Exchange – an Erith-based community group – has taken out the top prize in the ‘Production’ category of the Wood Awards with their project ‘The Exchange table and chairs’. In a true achievement of sustainable, skilful community-led design and production, these collapsible and stackable oak tables...
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Refurbished council flat with ‘AI-generated’ engravings wins interior design award
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The ‘intelligently designed’ Dragon Flat, by Tsuruta Architects, has taken the top prize for interior design at the Wood Awards 2023. Subtly reconfiguring the layout of a 1950s duplex council flat in West London, Tsuruta Architects has created a delightful and personal space that enriches the lives of its occupants...
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Spruce House & Studio named UK’s best new timber home
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‘Contemporary, calm and monastic’ – this East-London timber home designed by ao-ft has won the top prize for the Private category at this year’s Wood Awards. All photos © Rory Gardiner This newly built East London home and self-contained garden studio celebrates the beauty and sustainable nature of cross-laminated timber (CLT),...
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