Architects have designs on success

FOUR development schemes in Suffolk and north Essex are among 18 projects from across the East of England to be short listed for this year's RIBA East Spirit of Ingenuity Architectural Awards.

FOUR development schemes in Suffolk and north Essex are among 18 projects from across the East of England to be short listed for this year's RIBA East Spirit of Ingenuity Architectural Awards.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) East launched its annual regional awards initiative in April, inviting architects and their domestic, commercial and public sector clients to enter buildings for the awards.

The short listed schemes - chosen from a total entry of 47 projects and, in some cases, nominated in more than one category - will now be visited by the awards jury, with the winners being announced in September.

Among the schemes nominated are two school developments designed by the in-house team at Suffolk County Council,


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Abbots Green Community Primary School in Bury St Edmunds and Rendlesham Community Primary School near Woodbridge are both short listed in the education/healthcare category, with Abbots Green also in contention for the sustainability award.

Also nominated is a private house in Aldeburgh, the architect for which was Modece Architects, which is short listed in both the homes category for schemes costing more than £250,000 and the sustainability category.

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The only nomination from Essex is The Nucleus, a complex providing meeting rooms and fitness, restaurant and retail facilities at the Chesterford Research Park near Saffron Walden, the architects for which were Barber Casanovas Ruffles

Louise Todd, regional director of RIBA East, said: “We are delighted with the number of entries and quality of projects received this year from both architects and their domestic and commercial clients.

“We would like to thank all architects and their clients for submitting their schemes for the awards this year and I particularly thank our supporting organisations for their continued involvement.”

The full list of nominations for the eight categories, and the architects involved, is as follows:

Community Architecture Award - supported by Inspire East

Big C Centre for Family Information & Support, Norfolk & Norwich Hospital, Norfolk - Purcell Miller Tritton LLP

Cley Marshes Reserve Visitor Centre, Norfolk - LSI Architects LLP

Education & Healthcare Award - supported by WSP Group plc

Big C Centre for Family Information & Support, Norfolk & Norwich Hospital, Norfolk - Purcell Miller Tritton LLP

Abbots Green Community Primary School, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk - Suffolk County Council

Rendlesham Community Primary School, Suffolk - Suffolk County Council

The Vine Inter-Church Primary School, Cambourne, Cambridgeshire - Mouchel Parkman

Newnham College Kitchen & Buttery Redevelopment, Cambridgeshire - RH Partnership Architects Ltd

Heritage Award - supported by English Heritage

Greyfriars Tower, King's Lynn, Norfolk - Purcell Miller Tritton LLP

Newnham College Kitchen & Buttery Redevelopment, Cambridgeshire - RH Partnership Architects Ltd

Home Award - schemes under £250,000 - supported by RIBA East

Private house extension and remodelling, Girton, Cambridgeshire- Gavin Langford Architects

Private House garden room/kitchen extension, Little Abington, Cambridgeshire - Chadwick Dryer Architects

Home Award - schemes over £250,000 - supported by Ridgeons Ltd

Private House, Aldeburgh, Suffolk - Modece Architects

The Stephen Hawking Building, Cambridge - Donald Insall Associates

Canning & Eliza House, New Hall, Cambridge - RH Partnership Architects Ltd

Sustainability Award - supported by the Environment Agency

Private House, Aldeburgh, Suffolk - Modece Architects

33-35 Victoria Street, Cambridge - AC Architects Cambridge Ltd

The Stephen Hawking Building, Cambridge - Donald Insall Associates

Abbots Green Community Primary School, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk - Suffolk County Council

Cley Marshes Reserve Visitor Centre, Norfolk - LSI Architects LLP

Public Realm Award - supported by Hanson Building Products

Norwich Bus Station, Norfolk - NPS Property Consultants Ltd

The Rocket House, Cromer, Norfolk - Purcell Miller Tritton LLP

Greyfriars Tower, King's Lynn, Norfolk - Purcell Miller Tritton LLP

Fletcher's Lea, Ware Priory, Hertfordshire - Donald Insall Associates

Architecture for Business Award

The Atrium & Surrey House, Norwich, Norfolk - LSI Architects LLP

Cambridge Water Company HQ, Cambridge - Barber Casanovas Ruffles

The Nucleus, Little Chesterford, Essex - Barber Casanovas Ruffles

The awards will be presented at a dinner to be held at theWest Wing, Ickworth House, near Bury St Edmunds on September 28. The winners will be announced a week before the ceremony.

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