Coventry-based Arden Windows has won a prestigious national award from the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) for its work designing and installing a bespoke 'mock' sash window solution for care apartments.
The specialist timber window and door manufacturer and installer won the Product Design in Wood award, sponsored by Teknos, at the 2018 BWF Awards. Now in their 10th year, The BWF Awards celebrate the best of the best in UK woodworking, recognising technical innovation, design, process efficiencies, health and safety and the rising stars of the industry.
Arden Windows’ work involved manufacturing a window design for a 71-bed extra care home in Doncaster that not only meets the conservation and heritage aesthetics of a traditional sliding sash window but is also simple to use for elderly and disabled users.
Arden designed and manufactured a bespoke solution that was not available in the general marketplace, going through a number of iterations, design changes and testing to successfully meet the challenge.
Helen Hewitt, chief executive of BWF who presented the award to Arden Windows, says:
“My congratulations go out to Arden Windows - their bespoke sash windows excel in quality and innovation. We received an exceptional number of entries this year so to come out on top is no mean feat.
"Our awards are a chance to showcase the talent and professionalism in the industry, and bring people together to celebrate their achievements. This year’s awards were a great success once again and underline the huge contribution the woodworking and joinery sector makes to UK industry and manufacturing.”
John Badham, from Arden Windows, says: “Winning this award is an absolutely wonderful achievement and it just shows what we as a business are doing for the future of the industry. We are adventurous – we want to do what’s right for the company, right for the public and right for the future.”
Commenting on the future of the joinery industry, Simon Badham, also an employee of the company, says: “Joinery is a really exciting industry to be a part of, and there is so much opportunity for young people to put their mark on the way we work. It’s so vital to get more and more people into this industry.”
The prize was presented at a glittering awards evening held at Stationer’s Hall in central London.