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British Woodworking Federation 2018 Awards shortlist revealed

Now in its tenth year, the awards celebrate the best of the best in UK woodworking, recognising technical innovation, process efficiencies, health & safety and the rising stars of the industry


The shortlist for the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Awards has been announced at the W Exhibition 2018, the national show for the joinery and furniture industries.

In the highly-coveted Woodworking Project of the Year Award, the shortlist includes Houghtons of York for their work recreating Soanes’ Ark of the Masonic Covenant, TMJ Interiors for creating a timber lobby ‘vortex’, and Tompkins Joinery who worked on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee galleries and the new tower at Westminster Abbey.

In the Product Design in Wood category, Arden Windows is shortlisted for its sash window designed specifically for care apartments, while Coastal Group makes it with two different projects – a lift and slide system to help sliding doors perform better, and a range of door locks, bolts and tilt & turn system.

The other awards recognise process efficiency, health & safety and the prestigious Apprentice or Trainee of the Year.

Helen Hewitt, acting chief executive of the BWF said: “Once again, it’s a stellar shortlist that brilliantly demonstrates the vibrancy and quality of the UK woodworking industry. We had an incredible number of entries this year all of which really demonstrate the wealth of talent, outstanding design and craftsmanship on offer. As an industry, we are dedicated to achieving excellence and promoting best practice. The awards are a chance to showcase the very best and bring people from across the industry together to celebrate their achievements.”

The winners will be announced at BWF’s Annual Dinner which will take place at Stationers’ Hall, London on November 23.

The full shortlist for this year’s awards is as follows:

Woodworking Project of the Year (sponsored by Whitehill):

  • Houghtons of York – for recreating Soanes’ Ark of the Masonic Covenant
  • TMJ Interiors – for its work creating a timber lobby ‘vortex’
  • Tompkins Joinery – for its work on the Queens’ Diamond Jubilee galleries and new tower at Westminster Abbey

Product Design in Wood category (sponsored by Teknos):

  • Arden Windows – for its Heritage Stoneleigh Sash window designed to provide a solution for care apartments
  • Coastal Group – for its new HS Portal SCV Lift and Slide system designed to help sliding wood doors perform better
  • Coastal Group – for its Tricoat protected range of Multipoint Door Locks, Window Espagnolette Bolts and Tilt & Turn system

The Process Efficiency Award (sponsored by W Exhibition): 

  • Morland – for its Forever Firecheck intumescent strip solution which is fitted by using wrap technology
  • PDS Doorsets – its factory and supply chain review has led to significant investment in technology and revision of its factory footprint
  • Tavener Joinery – for its ‘Health and Safety to Efficiency’ initiative that focuses upon the adequate capture of fine dust at source

Health & Safety Hero Award (sponsored by Didac):

  • AJB Group – for the implementation of Safety Cloud software to assist with day-to-day health and safety management.
  • Tavener Joinery – for its design and installation of a high velocity vacuum system which utilises their existing traditional LEV extraction system
  • Woodbase Joiners – for its “Work Safe, Save Time, Stay Healthy” initiative focused on improving attitudes towards health and safety

Apprentice or Trainee of the Year award (sponsored by CITB):

  • Henry Acres from JT Ward – according to his company “Henry enjoys every aspect of joinery manufacturing and installation. His ability to think ahead has certainly allowed him not only to become a very reliable part of our team but has helped him to produce high quality joinery.”
  • James Holligan of Woodland of Kingston – when putting him forward Woodland of Kingston said “James is a quick thinker and a fast learner, and he will go as far as he wants to push in life. His attention to detail, commitment, attitude to safety and all-round common sense are a credit to him, and to Woodland.”
  • Samuel Orchard, J Dixons and Sons – they said of him “It was quickly apparent that Sam was extremely enthusiastic to have a go at any task he was given. He has matured into a confident young adult, shown enthusiasm, skill and dedication throughout his apprenticeship.”