TRA Announces 2024 Roofscape Design Award Winners

A PACKED audience of Trussed Rafter Association members gathered this week to celebrate the winners of the Roofscape Design Awards 2024.

The Awards, now in its second year, celebrates the technical skills required to design trussed rafter roofs, joists, and panels. The event took place at the TRA AGM and Conference at Mercure Warwickshire Walton Hall Hotel & Spa.

The awards were in three categories:

Residential Project of the Year (for newbuild dwellings)
Conversion and Refurbishment Project of the Year (for existing housing projects)
Commercial Project of the Year (for all non-domestic projects)

The judging panel included Nick Boulton, chief executive of the TRA; Rob Lockey (former head of training at the NHBC); and Les Fuller, chair of the technical committee of the TRA.

Roofscape Design Awards

Residential Project of the Year

The Residential Project of the Year winner was designer Phil Morgan of Wyckham Blackwell Ltd for – The Copper House project.

The judges were impressed with the knowledge of the designer underpinning how the architectural design applied a trussed rafter solution and ensured that ‘form followed function’.

Conversion and Refurbishment Project of the Year

Wyckham Blackwell Ltd also took home the award for the Conversion and Refurbishment Project of the Year for The Black Country Living Museum, designed by Joe Dudley.

The judges agreed that it was an example of how to successfully comply with client and historical requirements and still achieve suitable timber engineering for a project.

Commercial Project of the Year

For the Commercial Project of the Year, it was a unanimous decision that Acorn Timber Engineering’s Welton Extra Care Apartments and Bungalows designed by Simon Copley was the winner.

The project started with suppling metal web joists, before ending up tendering for the entire roof structure of the main apartment building and 10 individual bungalows. It resulted in almost 3,500 square metres of the roof surface and 2,500 manufactured items.

Highly Commended

The highly commended design was awarded to DWB Roof Truss Ltd’s Phil Daniels for the Sianwood project.

Judges were impressed by the application of Posi-Joists in ensuring a prefabricated design solution for the project that was creatively achieved.

Supported by Trussed Rafter Designers

TRA Chief Executive Nick Boulton said: “The trussed rafter industry is keen to highlight the problem-solving and design skills required in such an important element of the roofing system in construction projects.

“Thank you to all the designers who have entered the awards this year, it was very fascinating to see the creativity and technical expertise in all the designs that were submitted.

“I would like to congratulate all those who took part, particularly the winners of this year’s Awards and look forward to watching your continued success in the industry. The Roofscape Design Awards will be returning in 2025.”

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