Gowercroft Joinery win British Woodworking Federation’s first Heritage Project


Gowercroft Joinery, based in Alfreton, has won the first ever British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Heritage Project of the Year Award for its complex retrofit of a low energy Victorian listed mews property in West London.

Sponsored by Remmers UK, the Heritage Project of the Year Award was newly-introduced for the 2022 ceremony and recognises the incredible skill and expertise – whether through traditional or modern techniques - that go into restoring and developing period properties. The BWF Awards celebrate the outstanding skills and talent in the woodworking and joinery sector, and the milestone achievements of the past year.
Gowercroft Joinery was selected as the winner of this prestigious award in recognition of its ability to combine the latest technology with details of the past in its retrofit of West London Victorian property, Mews House. Working with Prewett Bizley architects, Gowercroft Joinery supported the remodelling of the property in line with the local conservation area setting, drastically reducing the carbon footprint to better than that of a newly built home. The judges were most impressed by the retrofit’s low U-value which demonstrates a vision for keeping sustainability achievable within conservation projects.

Helen Hewitt, Chief Executive of the BWF said:
“Heritage projects require specialist skills and knowledge, and this award celebrates the achievements in this unique sector. With the launch of this award taking place this year, we had a significant number of entries, and it really was a close call – the quality of entries was outstanding. Gowercroft Joinery were selected as the first winners for the BWF Heritage Project of the Year Award for demonstrating how listed properties can clearly benefit from the latest technology and be more sustainable – a showcase of craftmanship and expertise.”

“The BWF Awards allow us to come together and take pride in all that has been achieved over the past year. Our sector has overcome a great deal this year, with supply chain interruption as well as the increase in energy costs and the continued skills shortage. The Awards are a welcome opportunity to celebrate the hard-earned achievements of the past year and showcase the skill and technical expertise in the sector. Every year I’m amazed at the hard work, innovation and incredible skill of all of our finalists, and I want to congratulate all our winners on their achievements. It was fantastic to bring the industry together once again and celebrate the successes our ever-evolving profession.”

Andrew Madge, Managing Director at Gowercroft Joinery said, “At Gowercroft Joinery we pride ourselves on our skill and expertise and this award is a testament to the hard work and craftmanship of our team. Restoration of heritage properties can be achieved using the latest technologies, and we’re proud to have brought this vision to life at Mews House.”

The prize was presented at a celebratory awards evening held at the Kimpton Fitzroy London Hotel. A full list of the winners at this year’s BWF Awards can be found at: www.bwf.org.uk/awards-2022/


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