2020 finalists in prestigious UK Structural Timber Awards

BALLYMONEY architects 2020 is taking its place alongside the crème de la crème in architecture competing in UK-wide awards recognising outstanding and innovative projects.

The 2016 Structural Timber Awards are the largest and most prestigious of their kind crediting outstanding projects and people who are propelling excellence in structural timber.

2020 Architects have been shortlisted for Architect of the year and their ‘Ballymagarry project’, a stunning property situated overlooking Whiterocks Beach, Portrush, has been shortlisted in another 2 categories, Self Build and Private Home. The family home, designed by homeowner and partner of 2020 Architects Michael Howe, featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs.

The 2020 team are standing out as leaders in the delivery of exclusive, bespoke homes with a quality look and design.

‘Badge of excellence’
Directing partner, Michael Howe said: “This ultimately is a badge of excellence for our team at 2020. To be competing alongside UK-based practices like Foster & Partners who are turning out multi-million pound projects really is a credit.
“The Ballymagarry house used exciting techniques and design including curved glulam timber beams which create an entirely curved timber roof. It’s completely exquisite and unique.

“The house is insulated using straw, within a structural timber frame – so timber really does go right to the heart of this home.

“All the windows and doors use a very specialist type of timber, which is acid bathed, making it incredibly stable, strong and durable. This was essential due to the proximity to sea water.

“We are a relatively small practice situated in the North Coast and ultimately our design team is turning out projects that are turning heads across the UK.
“It’s nice to put Ballymoney on the map. We want people to think of 2020 as an exciting and progressive firm – which we are.

“This award follows on the back of our 2016 RICS Award which we achieved earlier in the year to honour outstanding residential development.”

“Next month we make the move into our new office premises in Ballymoney to accommodate our expanding team. This office is currently under renovation and when it’s completed it will be our showcase showroom. That’s something very special to look forward to.

The Structural Timber Awards will be held at the National Conference Centre, Solihull, on Wednesday, 19th October.