Timber Design awards entries surge
Timber design is becoming big business in New Zealand – if the highest response ever to the New Zealand Timber Design Awards is anything to go by.
Ninety-three projects were entered this year across the nine categories – the most entries since the awards began 30 years ago, and more than three times higher than in 2011.
The Awards are run by NZ Wood. CEO Jane Arnott says the massive jump in entries reflects the desire of professionals to differentiate themselves from the rest.
“Winning an NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Award provides a competitive edge that is compelling in a marketplace that values expertise. The Awards cater to such expertise, and they help draw a line in the sand between mediocrity and brilliance. In these tough economic times, what better way to do this than to put your work forward to be judged alongside your peers?” she says.
“Highly skilled practitioners relish using wood because it can develop their own professional skills and meet their client’s wishes,” Ms Arnott says.
And EXPAN buildings feature strongly in the list of finalists – with The Carterton Events Centre and Massey’s CoCA building each featuring in two categories, The Tumu ITM Building in Napier nominated for ‘Timber Innovation in Business’, and The Merritt Office Building and Trimble Navigation Office and Warehouse in the ‘Canterbury Rebuild Innovation’ category.
“Advances in engineered timber for large commercial and multi-storey buildings were evident in the Engineering Excellence and Canterbury Rebuild categories, with some world-leading examples being entered,” says Judge Ross Davison.
The Timber Design Awards are attracting a record number of entries.