Posted on: 2nd November 2018

We are delighted to announce that Carpenter Oak have been shortlisted for the prestigious Wood Awards. The awards ceremony which takes place on 20th November will recognise outstanding craftsmanship and design.

The project that has been shortlisted for the highly esteemed awards is the elegant and unique Department Store in Brixton, London.  The RIBA award wining Department Store was originally built in 1876 and was formally, you guessed it, a department store.

Architects, Squire and Partners, evolved the space into new offices and a timber framed fourth floor was added on top of the existing three storey building. The fourth floor was made from green oak to create a series of spacious timber framed areas, with integrated glazing allowing light to pour into the bar, lounge and restaurant. Guests and members can enjoy both dining inside or outside and social spaces and views out across the London skyline.

Building on top of a three storey building in central London of course presented some logistical challenges. From start to finish, this was carefully planned by the Carpenter Oak team. A crawler crane was dismantled, hoisted up to the roof, then reassembled. The rooftop crane hoisted the 50 tonnes of components. The site installation was undertaken by the Carpenter Oak team, including the oak colonnades and a dragon beam roof with the six metre diameter room lantern.

Managing Director, Luke Copley-Wilkins, said of the nomination: ‘Carpenter Oak are thrilled to have been shortlisted for the Wood Awards – The Department Store is a project that we are incredibly proud of and is one that shines out as a great achievement for the company.’

Carpenter Oak is a seven times winner of the Wood Awards.

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