The shortlist for the prestigious 2017 BWF Awards has been announced at drinks reception at Timber Expo, part of UK Construction Week. The awards showcase the best of UK joinery, recognising the projects, products, processes and people that have hit the heights of woodworking excellence in the last year.
For the prestigious Woodworking Project of the Year Award, the shortlist includes Gelder Joinery Limited for their excellent restoration of an Edwardian House, Kierson for their fine work on historic windows in Chesterfield and Houghtons of York for their spectacular work on a private residence. Westbury Windows and Joinery, Promat UK Ltd, Gowercroft Joinery and Morland are competing for the Product Design in Wood Award, plus there is a great crop of rising stars and industry high achievers shortlisted in the other categories.
Iain McIlwee, Chief Executive of the BWF said: “It’s always been a real pleasure to see the fantastic work that the UK woodworking industry is doing and this year we had a record number of entries which has served a reminder as to how inspiring and innovative this sector can be at times. The awards are more than a pat on the back, a big part of our job is promoting the sector in the UK and we use the awards to help us to find and project the stories, projects and people that are driving this industry forwards.”
The winners will be announced at BWF’s popular Annual Dinner which will take place at Drapers’ Hall, London on Friday 24th November. Those shortlisted get a free place at the dinner and BWF is delighted to announce that Graham Poll, possibly the most well known and most experienced English football referee of all time, will be the guest speaker on the night. The BWF Annual Dinner & Awards are sponsored by Accoya, Teknos, W18 Exhibition, Didac and CITB.
The awards shortlist launch was part of a number of BWF events to raise the profile of UK joinery at UK Construction Week. A packed programme of events included the launch of a new version of the BWF Stair Scheme Design Guide for domestic stairs, new resources on fire door installation and the showcasing of two exemplar timber windows made from British-grown wood by BWF members as part of Grown In Britain Week.
Further information on the BWF Awards can be found at: www.bwf.org.uk/choose-wood/awards