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Annual award winners celebrate innovative uses for wood

The 2017 Wood Awards, handed out this month, recognises the innovative use of wood in building construction. When choosing new wood flooring in your Wirral home, you can be inspired by these pioneers of the material.

The winner of the private category was Pasivhaus, a self-built home in Hampshire. This L-shaped detached house uses Spruce CLT panels to cover the entire structure, the walls, ceilings, and floors. This provides a tactile and harmonious feel in all rooms. Using prefabricated CLT panels meant that the whole construction of the basic house structure was completed in four days,

The Arnold Layer Gold Award was given to Devon House designed by 6a Architects. The interior of this house uses timber in several innovative ways to create a natural looking environment. The design features exposed oak beams and tapered oak verticals.

The Education and Public Sector winner is the Maggie Centre built in the grounds of an Oldham NHS cancer hospital. The centre offers emotional and practical support for people affected by cancer. In a central oasis, a tree grows through the building. The Maggie Centre is the world’s first building constructed from tulipwood CLT. The tree and the tulipwood bring nature inside to create a relaxing environment.

Your Wirral home may not be constructed from wood like the Wood Award winners, but by adding solid wood flooring, you can bring the luxurious appearance and tactile feel of natural wood to enhance any room in your home.

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