Becket Keys shortlisted for Structural Timber Award

We’re delighted to share that the Welby Building at Becket Keys C of E School has been shortlisted for Education Project of the Year at the 2018 Structural Timber Awards.

These annual awards celebrate the very best in structural timber construction, rewarding innovation and sustainability.

The Education Project of the Year category focuses on schemes that have used timber technology to develop fantastic and contemporary teaching spaces for students and staff – elements we believe the Welby Building achieves entirely.

Delivered via a closed panel solution, the scheme provides 16 new classrooms, shared community space, a deli cafe, outside study garden, IT suite and 6th Form Centre.

At the feasibility stage, the project was expected to be constructed either as a steel or concrete frame, however we quickly realised this would not be feasible and redesigned the project with Cygnum providing the timber frame.

We worked closely with Innes Associates to develop a new design that provided excellent daylighting, more space and good quality design, which we hope instils a sense of calm and wellbeing into the new environment, reflecting in the student’s mood and ability to learn.

The awards will be held on 10th October at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham and form part of UK Construction Week.

We also want to send our congratulations to project team members MACE and our client the Education and Skills Funding Agency who have also been shortlisted for honours at the event – Project Manager of the Year and Client of the Year respectively.