Last night GHA’s STIHL Treetop Walkway was announced the winner of the Commercial & Leisure category at the 2016 Wood Awards. The Wood Awards recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood.
The STIHL Treetop Walkway provides stunning new views over the grade I-listed Westonbirt Arboretum, home to one of the finest tree collections in the world. At almost 300m in length, it is also the longest structure of its kind in the UK. Larch was chosen as the main materials, for its durability and attractive colour, with Scottish larch used for the decking and handrail and, for the columns, Siberian larch which has a tighter grain and higher strength-to-weight ratio.
The judges said: ‘Not only is this a striking composite structure of woods and steel in which wood is doing all the existing bits; it is also an educational response in itself. It has the ability to inspire all generations to learn more about wood.”
Photo by Marek Sikora. From left to right: Andrew Smith, Forestry Commission; Sophie Nash, Forestry Commission; Simon Pearson, GHA; Tim Burton, SH Structures