The Constellations Canopy bar on Greenland Street wins a contemporary design award at National Wood Awards 2015.
Established in 1971, The Wood Awards recognises, encourages and promotes outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood in projects throughout the UK.
This year’s contest held on the 10th November – the 44th of their kind – was hosted by broadcaster and architectural historian Tom†Dyckhoff†at the prestigious Carpenter’s Hall in London.
The canopy bar at Constellations won the best Commercial and Leisure award for 2015 fending off fierce competition from BSkyB’s new education facility in London designed by globally renowned engineering firm Arup Associates and Canary Wharf Crossrail station designed by Foster + Partners one of the largest design practices in the world.
Howard Miller – the architect behind the design said:
‘For a small scale project like us to win against these globally renowned Design and Engineering practices is like Tranmere beating Liverpool in the FA Cup Final’.
Becky Pope the driving force behind Constellations in the Baltic Triangle responded:
‘Howards and Hugh’s design response to what was a very restrictive brief both in terms of cost, time scale, location and our desire to be an active part of the build process has been outstanding. Not only did we complete the build within 12 weeks of initially meeting each other they also designed the canopy bar so every component was under 100kg. This allowed our very small team to physically build the whole structure by hand as the maximum weight each person can carry is 25kg, with only two days of mechanical support which was a forklift from the our neighbours at FLT – Forklift Training School two streets over’
The canopy bar is a true testament to local craftsmanship in a time of global mass production.
Constellations have also opened a neat little cafe-bar. Make sure you check it out!