Stanbrook Abbey in North York Moors National Park is one of five projects shortlisted in the ‘Education & Public Sector’ category in this year’s Wood Awards.
The key element in the construction of the Abbey was the careful attention to a delicate range of resources. Preference was given to materials which are renewable, recycled or have low embodied energy.
Indigenous natural materials were chosen where possible and locally sourced timber was used to minimise the use of structural steel. Internally, English sycamore choir stalls have been made by designer and maker John Griffiths, and the organ, also in English Sycamore, made by artisan Robin Jennings.
The cladding on the south elevation is all indigenous air dried oak boarding, which when weathered will become reminiscent of the barn-like farm buildings that are part of the traditional architecture of the National Park.
An exhibition of the 2016 shortlist will be on display at 100% Design during the London Design Festival and winners will be announced at the Wood Awards ceremony in London on 22nd November.