At Terry Waters French Polishing we appreciate innovative design with wood on a grand scale. From simple beginnings, soaring multi-storey buildings can be shaped from nature’s most versatile resource. With this in mind, let’s have a look at some of the buildings from the UK that have been shortlisted for this year’s Wood Awards.

The annual Wood Awards – now in its 45th year – is the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design using the world’s only naturally sustainable material. The Awards recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood.

Here is a selection of this year’s nominees that the Terry Waters French Polishing team have highlighted. You can find a complete list of all this year’s entrants on the Wood Awards website.


Commercial & Leisure category

BSkyB Believe in Better Building (London)

The BSkyB building was built with sustainability in mind, and is one of the very few multi-storey timber buildings in the world.

The choice of solid timber and timber cassettes meant the project was completed quickly and without the need of wet site trades. The wood used for the project – including Austrian Spruce, Birch from Sweden and Finland, and British Oak – all contributed to a lower thermal resistance and a better working environment. French polishing is a traditional finish for timber with a long history of use usually associated with a high gloss finish.


Canary Wharf Crossrail (London)

Timber was chosen to wrap the structure because of its durability and versatility. Openings along the middle of the timber lattice allows rain water to irrigate the covered greenery on the enclosed roof, and has the dual benefit of natural light entering through the same opening. French polishing would give the lattice a traditional finish, though extra care is required to ensure moisture being absorbed and trapped by the polish does not occur.


Constellations Bar (Liverpool)

Constellations is a bar/dining project that has transformed an unused recycling yard within Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle creative quarter into a bustling, vibrant meeting place.  The canopy is supported by a set of ten Green Oak quadra-pods. The Constellations bar is a perfect example of a build that would benefit from our fireproofing services.


Existing Buildings category

Pod Gallery (West Littleton)

Stonewood Design undertook the task of restoring this Grade II listed building to its former glory. Within the barn a lightweight timber structure sits lightly upon the existing raised barn floor, bridging a gap between the main house and the barn itself. Housing a collection of watercolour paintings, the remit for the build was an air tight structure and a light, bright appealing space.

The warm timber space contrasts perfectly with the cold stone of the original barn, a juxtaposition of materials that the Terry Waters French Polishing team think has been successfully accomplished, and its nomination for the Existing Building category well deserved.

The Wood Awards take place on 10 November at Carpenters’ Hall, and we’re excited to see who wins.


TWFP are the largest French polishing business in the UK, with over three decades of experience. As such, we provide expertise and bespoke customer focused services to a wide and diverse range of organisations and commercial enterprises across the country. Our French polishers pride themselves on their quality of work and discretion, and this is reflected in the consistently high number of referrals we receive from very happy customers across the UK.

From our centrally located base in the midlands, TWFP offer a comprehensive range of specialist French polishing and wood restoration services, and we provide these for up and down the country.


Good luck to the Wood Awards nominees

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