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PEFC Prize Celebrates Timber at the Heart of a Community

Published on 12 December 2019

The wait is finally over. On 6 December 2019, 11 finalists presented their projects to a special jury at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Amsterdam to see who would walk away with the Best Use of Certified Timber Prize, supported for the second consecutive year by PEFC.Waf 19 Winner

The jury, Mark Thomson from Eco Effective Solutions, Keith Bradley from Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Jonathan Coote from Warren & Mahoney and Hattie Hartman from Architects’ Journal, heard presentations from the shortlisted entries. They selected the Pingelly Recreation and Cultural Centre (PRACC) in Pingelly, Western Australia, as the winning project for 2019, designed by architects Iredale Pedersen Hook and Advanced Timber Concepts Studio. 

Timber was used in the building’s flooring, decking, cladding and panelling. The sports hall is a portal frame structure using Pinus Radiata (Monterey Pine) LVL box construction system, while the cultural room is lined with deep brown recycled Eucalyptus Marginata (Jarrah). PRACC is the largest timber building constructed in Western Australia since 1940 and was prefabricated offsite, before being transported to Pingelly for assembly.Pingelly Recreation  Cultural Centre Winner

The Best Use of Certified Timber prize recognises architects and project teams for their use of certified timber as a main construction material for buildings outstanding in sustainability, innovation, quality or aesthetics. Across the world, more and more architects are embracing timber to deliver high-profile, award winning projects and everyday designs. PEFC certification demonstrates that wood used in construction is sourced sustainably and that a positive choice has been made to design and build with a future for healthy forests in mind.

For more information on the World Architecture Festival, the work of PEFC and our Designing the Future with Sustainable Timber campaign visit:

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Ben Gunneberg PEFC International, Patrick Beale - Advanced Timber Concepts Studio, Adrian Iredale and Finn Perdersen, Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects and Mark Thomson, Eco Effective Solutions.