Wood Awards 2022 - Live

Wood Awards Live 2022

Be inspired by the stories behind the Wood Awards 2022 shortlist, in a special in-person event to open our new exhibition.

About this event

Gain insight into the world of building big with timber during these three quick fire sessions – along with a discussion on the impact of mass timber on the market.

Join us at the Building Centre and view our new exhibition of 14 building models from the Wood Awards, get first hand knowledge of the projects, and enjoy canapes, drinks, and networking.

The three selected projects for this first session are Abba Arena (Front of House Scheme), Gramophone Works, and Brent Cross Town Visitor Pavilion.


6.00 pm | Doors open

6.00 – 6.30 pm | Drinks and canapes

6:30 – 7:30 pm | Talks

7:30 – 8:30 pm | Drinks and Networking

8.30 pm | Doors close

Featured buildings and speakers


ABBA Arena - Front of House and Rainscreen - Copyright Dirk Lidner, via Wood Awards

Abba Arena – Front of House Scheme

The ‘Front of House’ with the central concourse area covered by a hybrid spruce glulam and steel canopy structure. Twenty-four hexagonal canopies, each with a diameter of 10 metres, combine to form the geometric roof structure where LED lighting is integrated into the glulam beams (find out more).


Sam Philips, Project Director | Stage One

Sam has a design & build background in demountable structures, fitout & bespoke furniture projects. He sits on the board at Stage One, a multi-disciplinary manufacturer, and takes overall responsibility for project delivery, overseeing a team of 10 project managers & 12 designers. Aside from providing overall direction across projects, Sam is a passionate maker and enjoys contributing to the design development process as much as possible. Outside of projects, Sam is focused on researching & developing Stage One’s sustainable design and build capabilities, with particular reference to the use of timber. Sam is currently studying Timber Engineering Design at the NMITE Centre for Advanced Timber Technology.

Sam will be joined by Alicia Tkacz, architect, Stufish, and Ewa Hazla, structural engineer, Atelier One.

The Gramophone Works

Gramophone Works

The former headquarters of Sanderson Fabrics and later of Saga Records, Gramophone Works was once at the epicentre of reggae music in London. A comprehensive effort to retain the existing structure references the heritage of the area and recognises that the most sustainable building is the one that already exists.


Tom Foster, Design Director | Studio RHE

Tom has been delivering projects from inception to completion both at home and abroad since joining Studio RHE in 2002. Having graduated from Nottingham University and then the Bartlett he has since served as a technical tutor at the latter and as a Part 3 examiner at the University of Westminster.

Using his rare talent for well-conceived and aesthetically engaging concepts, he takes pride in imagining and delivering complex solutions and unique spaces on time, and on budget. Tom has managed the design and construction of many of the Studio’s best known Projects including: The Gramophone Works, Cabot St. Lucia WI, Six Senses Zil Pasyon, and the Macka Penthouse, Istanbul.

As Design Director he leads the debate regarding the design principles utilised for each project ensuring aesthetics, innovation, quality and sustainability are at the core of the practice output. Interesting fact: Tom is a fourth generation Architect, but the first in the digital era.

Brent Cross Town Visitor Pavilion

Brent Cross Town Visitor Pavilion

With an internally exposed spruce CLT and glulam frame, the pavilion creates a calm and relaxed atmosphere to enjoy a coffee or explore the emerging Brent Cross development via showrooms and full-scale models. Externally the structure is complemented by larch cladding and solid larch fins on the first-floor façade, along with a bespoke gabion veneer cladding below.

Architect: Moxon Architects | Client/Owner: Related Argent | Structural Engineer: Ramboll | Structural Engineer: Expedition Engineering | Client Structural Engineer: Xylotek Advanced Timber Structures | Main Contractor: Red Construction | Fit Out: Woods Bagot | Wood Supplier: Hybrid Structures | Quantity Surveyor: Cast Consultancy | Species: European Spruce (Austria), Larch (Austria), OSB (UK) – PEFC


Tim Murray, Director | Moxon Architects

Tim Murray has over twenty years’ experience overseeing and managing projects across sectors including infrastructure, workplace design, retail and residential development. His expertise is in responding to complex briefs on sensitive and challenging sites, demanding the type of creative and contextual solutions for which Moxon is now known. His design work excels at directly addressing clients’ aspirations while operating within the constraints of planning and budgets.

Tim has guided the practice’s ethos in resilient and low carbon design with a focus on delivering quality built environments governed by the principles of the circular economy.


American Hardwoods Export Council

For over 30 years, the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) has been at the forefront of international wood promotion, successfully building a distinctive and creative brand for U.S. hardwoods. AHEC’s global programme secures a future for American hardwoods by demonstrating the performance and aesthetic potential of these sustainable materials, while providing valuable creative inspiration and technical assistance.

‍@ahec_europe | ‍www.americanhardwood.org

The Carpenters’ Company

The Carpenters’ Company is a City of London Livery Company. The Company was originally established as a medieval trade guild to safe guard the welfare and interests of carpenters in the City of London. Today, charitable activities and support for the craft of woodworking through scholarships, competitions and the Building Crafts College are the two cornerstones of its work.

‍@buildingcraftscollege ‍ | www.carpentersco.com

Timber Development UK (Organiser)

Timber Development UK (TDUK) is the future of construction. Formed from the merger of the Timber Trade Federation and TRADA, TDUK represents the timber supply chain from sawmill to specifier. TDUK brings together more than 1500 members to build a new future with one central vision – to make timber the leading choice for the built environment.

@timberdevuk | www.timberdevelopment.uk


American Softwoods

American Softwoods is a promotional partnership formed by three major US softwood trade associations: the Southern Forest Products Association, the Softwood Export Council and the APA, the Engineered Wood Association.



ZÜBLIN Timber stands for ambitious and pioneered solutions in the field of timber construction. We are your single-source provider for the development, production, delivery and execution of high-quality timber construction systems, from simple to complex engineered timber structures, Façades and turnkey project execution. Together with our clients we develop efficient solutions and a sustainable quality of life.

@ZÜBLIN Timber | www.zueblin-timber.com

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  • Event short description (used on home page):

    A talk at the Building Centre about three of this year's Wood Awards projects.