The Woodworking Project of the Year Award recognises the very best in design, application or ability in joinery manufacture. The award was set up in memory of John Hedgecock, the former technical director at the BWF. It is a fitting tribute to a man whose dedication and knowledge of woodworking and joinery manufacturing was second to none.
The award recognises innovative, complex or simply beautiful projects and rewards excellence in our industry, providing the opportunity for UK woodworking companies to receive special recognition for exceptional technical achievement, design or innovation in joinery manufacture.
The 2017 British Woodworking Federation Awards winners were announced at the BWF Annual Dinner & Awards which took place on Friday 24th November at the fantastic Drapers' Hall, London. Here you can read about the fantastic winning entries and view photos of the event.
**The 2018 Woodworking Project of the Year award (sponsored by Whitehill Spindle Tools Ltd) is now open for entries. Entry is free and open to all, including non-members of the BWF so long as they are from the UK joinery and woodworking sector. The deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday 6th July**
2017: Gelder Joinery Limited
This stunning restoration project of an Edwardian House in Oxfordshire by Gelder Joinery Limited won ‘Woodworking Project of the Year’ in 2017. The project by the small family run business in Oxfordshire, was recognised by the UK’s woodworking and joinery manufacturing industry for its unparalleled detail and design excellence, which helped create a simply beautiful restoration.
Bryan Gelder said: “We’re honoured to have won this award; all the team have played a part in this wonderful project and we are thrilled with the outcome so far. It’s been a fantastic training opportunity for our apprentices, as well as a truly gratifying project for our more senior members."
2016: Deacon and Sandys
An oak stairway at English Heritage’s Burton Agnes in Yorkshire formed the basic idea for the award-winning entry at Crosby Hall on Chelsea Embankment. Deacon and Sandys faced a huge challenge from the start as the oak staircase presented significant problems due to the unusual size of the sections of oak and the overall dimensions of the complete job. In all, the weight, the size and quality of the oak, together with the complex carved design made this a project that required real technical expertise, the end result of which is spectacular.
2015: Houghtons of York Ltd
Houghtons of York Ltd won for a second consecutive year with the award given for the manufacture and stunning hand carving of a reredos and gradine for a private chapel (Roger & Susan Silk of Houghtons pictured collecting the award).
The judges were hugely impressed with the range of quality and skill on show. This included ornate moulding, demanding and intricate machining, hand carved and lathe turned elements, and gold leaf finishes. The judges said “this was a precise, technically challenging and truly stunning piece of joinery.”
2014: Houghtons of York Ltd
Houghtons of York Ltd is a family run business which employs highly skilled craftspeople and uses traditional methods and materials to produce a broad range of bespoke commissioned work.
It has won the prestigious BWF Technical Excellence Award for an outstanding large-scale renovation of a late eighteenth century Grade II listed home in North Yorkshire. This involved the removal of all elements of a destructive 1970s refurbishment and the reinstatement of many period features throughout the original building. (Roger & Susan Silk of Houghtons (r and l) collect the award).
The BWF judges said: “Houghtons of York achieved fantastic results across a wide range of joinery disciplines and products, combining the most traditional of craft skills with a creative and technically innovative approach to the demands of a modern lifestyle in a listed period home, all the while working with an existing structure with all its variations in lines and levels.”
2013: Oakwrights Bath Ltd
2013's winning entry was from Oakwrights Bath Ltd for its transformation of a building in central London into a spiritual centre for the Self-Realization Fellowship.
The main technical challenge came from turning the vision of the Fellowship, the architect, Ray Hole Architects, and the client, Healthcare Development Services Ltd, into reality through two project phases over the course of 18 months. The vision was to undertake a refurbishment that would preserve the heritage of the building while enhancing the whole building decoratively. This involved transforming windows, doors and other internal features, and ensuring the modern 1970s extension linked to and echoed the original Victorian part of the building.
2012: Icklesham Joinery
2012's award was won by Icklesham Joinery for its outstanding renovation of the Robert Adam designed RSA House off the Strand in London. They were tasked with supplying the specialist joinery items for the House’s refurbishment including air conditioning unit housings, fire-rated doorsets and shutters, roof lantern mouldings, oak wall panelling, oak speaker enclosure units, cloakroom storage and the double entrance doors into the Great Room which also had to incorporate a hidden projector.
2011: JELD-WEN UK Ltd and Howdens Joinery
2011's joint winners were JELD-WEN UK Ltd and Howdens Joinery for its Howdens Burford door project. The JELD-WEN Howdens Burford door was launched as a special moulded door exclusively designed to compliment Howdens Joinery’s best selling kitchen range, and to provide a family of kitchen frontals and matching joinery doors.
2010: Welland Timber Products Ltd
2010's winner was Welland Timber Products Ltd for its role in the extraordinary restoration of Horace Walpole’s Villa in Strawberry Hill, Twickenham.