PEFC Prize champions timber

PEFC Prize champions timber

For the second consecutive year PEFC supported the Best Use of Certified Timber Prize at the World Architecture Festival.

From left to right; Ben Gunneberg PEFC International, Patrick Beale at  Advanced Timber Concepts Studio, Adrian Iredale and Finn Perdersen, Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects and Mark Thomson, Eco Effective Solutions.

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 before the winner was announced at a Gala Dinner with over 1,000 guests.

The WAF jury 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. The jury commended the project’s authentic use of sustainable timber in a project which had been well-received by the local community.

An exciting and innovative global example of sustainable construction and a hub for local life, PRACC invites local residents and visitors of all ages to sports events, music performances and social gatherings. The facility consists of four pavilions containing a sports hall, event spaces, bars, a community kitchen, a cultural centre and a bowls club, the gathering place for most of the town’s elders.

Credit – © Iredale Pedersen Hook/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.

Accepting the award, Adrian Iredale said: “This recognition will give clients confidence that timber is a valuable and incredible material to use. Confidence is growing in the use of timber in Australia. We will share the prize with the local community.”

Patrick Beale from Advanced Timber Concepts added “we are delighted to receive this prize, which recognises the use of sustainable timber as a key material for a building which lies at the heart of the local Pingelly community.”

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. All the shortlisted architects were contacted to confirm that the timber specified and used in the project originates from certified sources demonstrating leadership in sustainable design.

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.  

Jade Tilley
Jade Tilley

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