Architects honour design excellence

ARCHITECTS firm Wincer Kievenaar claimed the lion’s share of the honours in the Suffolk Association of Architects’ Awards for 2011.

The Hadleigh-based partnership claimed four out of a total of seven design awards presented at the ceremony, held at Trinity Park, Ipswich, and also saw one of its projects recognised in the craftsmanship section of the awards.

Wincer Kievenaar received design awards for a new swimming pool pavilion at Barham Manor, near Ipswich, Cotman House, a residential care home in Felixstowe, an extension to a private house at Edwardstone, near Sudbury, and an office/chandlery refurbishment and extension at the Suffolk Yacht Harbour at Levington.

In addition, a craftsmanship award went to The Maltings, a small residential scheme designed by Wincer Kievenaar for property developer Landex at Kirton, near Felixstowe

Philip Branton, partner at Wincer Kievenaar, said: “The SAA Awards set the standard for architecture in Suffolk and we’re delighted to be recognised with five awards this year. I was particularly pleased that the diversity of our work was recognised, from bespoke design to refurbishment.”

Design awards also went to Barefoot & Gillies of Ipswich for the Orwell Housing Association’s Clump Field development in Ipswich, Brian Haward of Southwold for a conversion scheme at Mount Pleasant Farm, Dunwich, and Modece Architects, from Hartest, near Bury St Edmunds, for work on a private residence at Stowupland.

Among the other projects to receive craftsmanship awards were the tower ceiling at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, designed by Henry Freeland of Cambridge-based Freeland Rees Roberts to an original concept by the Gothic Design Practice of Saffron Walden.

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The contractor was FA Valiant and Sons of Barrow, near Bury, with carpentry and joinery by Taylor Made Joinery of Bildeston and painting and gilding by Hare & Humphreys of London.

Also recognised for outstanding craftsmanship was a new salt store at Suffolk County Council’s Highways Depot in Ipswich, designed by in-house architect Jon Stockwin with Barnes Construction of Ipswich as main contractor and M&S, also of Ipswich, responsible for carpentry and joinery.

New build schemes attracting craftsmanship awards included the Suffolk One sixth form college building in Ipswich (architect: Bond Bryan (Southern) of Kent; main contractor: ISG Jackson, Ipswich; individual trades Taylor Made Joinery) and Oakes Barn, Rendham (architect: Rodney Black Design Studios, Dedham; contractor: Rose Builders, Manningtree).

Awards for alterations and/or extensions went to Plum Tree Farm, Barking (architect: KLH Architects, Copdock; contractor: TJ Construction and Renovation, Ipswich) and Halifax Primary School, Ipswich (architect: Suffolk County Council; contractor: DC Construction, Ipswich).

In the restoration and repair category, awards went to Shepherds Farm Barn, Tunstall (architect: Terry Foster of Parham; contractor: Robert Norman Associates) and Moat House, Upend, Newmarket (architect: Nicholas Jacob Architects, Ipswich; contractor: FA Valiant and Sons).