The Winners and Highly Commended entries of the Structural Timber Awards 2023 were revealed on Wednesday 4th October at a gala dinner held at Birmingham’s National Conference Centre.
Sponsored once again by PEFC UK, the Best Education Project category saw HLM Architects, B&K Structures, Engenuiti and Stora Enso win for their landmark work at the new £11.8 million National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS).
NMIS is an industry-led international centre of manufacturing expertise located at the heart of the new Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland, where industry, academia and public sector support bodies work together to transform skills, productivity, and innovation. The Institute is hosted by the University of Strathclyde.
At more than 18,288sq m, the space accommodates the personnel and equipment needed for the programme and houses state-of-the-art engineering equipment. The building features PEFC certified cross laminated timber (CLT) roof panels manufactured and supplied by Stora Enso, engineered and installed by Stora Enso’s partner B&K Structures. The diagonal PEFC certified spruce glulam columns and extensive diagrid roof define the building’s striking appearance.
The glulam structure is both visible externally and internally and provides a wide column-free space maximising flexibility and the potential for reconfiguration. The prefabricated diagrid structure and panelised CLT roof were assembled on-site, with bespoke CLT rooflight frames formed offsite to increase efficiency and accuracy. Framing the view into the facility, the glulam structure creates an architectural statement for the project, exemplifying NMIS’ values of innovation and sustainability. The new ‘energy carbon neutral in operation’ facility will create an open and collaborative environment, that supports healthy working, fosters collaboration and promotes sustainability.
The Structural Timber Awards reward outstanding projects and innovative products that are promoting excellence in structural timber across the UK. The Best Education Project category features schemes that have used timber technology to create exceptional buildings and vibrant learning spaces for both students and staff.